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Photo Credit: Wiissa Portfolio 022 features an exotic photography duo

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Wiissa is photography duo Vanessa Hollander & Wilson Philippe. They have roots everywhere from Minnesota, Brazil, France and Miami. And have photographed just about every strange subculture and genre you can think of in music and fashion, as well as mainstream outlets like The Huffington Post. But the thing that we love is their ability to take us way back, and we think you’ll agree.

What Youth: Where are you from?

Wilson Phillippe: Vanessa is Brazilian American but grew up in Minnesota and Miami. And I am French and grew up in France and Miami.

How’d you get money to buy your first camera?

Santa Claus got us our first film camera, a Pentax K1000.

When did you start taking it seriously and realize that it could be a profession?

We started taking it seriously when we used film for the first time — that’s when we found out how to get the look we wanted and it inspired us to push ourselves further to work harder.

Did you learn most photo stuff from mentors in the industry or professors at school?

We actually never had any photography mentors. We wish we did as I’m sure that would have sped things up! We learned from trial and error and looking up how to do certain things on the Internet. We don’t study photography in school.

Whats in your camera arsenal? What are your main cameras? Portraits? Lifestyle? Give me the run down on what you shoot with for what.

Our camera arsenal is pretty similar for every shoot: Polaroid 600se, Nikon FM3A, Contax T2, and our Nizo Super 8 Camera. Polaroid and FM3A are our main go-to cameras, the Contax is used in case we need to get shots quickly or at night, and the Nizo is used whenever we’re making a video!

Who are some of your biggest influences making work right now?

Wes Anderson, Harley Weir, the Babe Rainbow, Kristofski, Warren Fu, Julian Casablancas, Dimitri Basil.

Anybody you wanna thank for where you’re at now?

Our families for believing in us and all of the people who follow us and comment/like/share our work! You guys keep us going and without you we’d be nowhere!

Any new projects coming up?

We’re finishing up a personal short film/fashion film about groupies, called “Midnight Ramblers.” We’re finishing the editing process, so release should hopefully be very soon! We’re taking the word groupie back to what originally meant: simply being with the group — and showing some of the original groupies and their fashion legacy in the film.

Wiissa also does a great job of putting their images in motion. Check out a handful of their videos below:




Photo Credit: Chris Peel Portfolio 040: Three Phones, One Camera

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Photo Credit: Sarah Kinsella Portoflio 039: A Natural Eye

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Photo Credit: Ashton Herman Portfolio 038: Gone with the Lens

Ashton Herman gets shit done. Young Ashton came to us via a persistent badgering to be a WY intern. We kinda liked the kid so we brought him with us to Waco to shoot with Chippa, Ozzie, Nate, Mitch, Finn, and the Geiselmans. He came home with some solid eye candy from that trip but his…

Photo Credit: Dylan Gordon Portfolio 037: Some Eyes May Wander

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Photo Credit: Thomas Fire Portfolio 036: Chet Williams and Trent Stevens document the fires in California

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Photo Credit: Rhyan Santos On the road with Cherry Glazerr, No Parents, LA WITCH and more

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Photo Credit: Paul Coutherut Portfolio 034: Paul was told he couldn’t skate again, but they didn’t say he couldn’t shoot it.

Paul Coutherut started submitting photos to us one at a time a few months back. They would make there way through the office as a lot of our favorite submissions do, conversations ensue and we start to notice a recurring pattern from certain photographers. Paul was one of those. We kept coming back to his…

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Photo Credit: Laura-Lynn Petrick Portfolio 033: Natural, unposed, and up close and personal

Laura-Lynn Petrick may be all of 26 years old, but her portfolio as a photographer carries the weight of someone wise with age, and the trained eye to really nail down a shot. She’s captured everyone from Allah-Las to Mac DeMarco to Casey Affleck, but still considers the moon her favorite subject. “Can the moon…

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Photo Credit: David Evanko Portfolio 032: Memory Hoarding

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Photo Credit: Timmy Ridenour Portfolio 031: From the filming of “Everything’s Wrong but in the Right Place”

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Photo Credit: Gabriel De Léry Portfolio 030: Black and white

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Photo Credit: Alec Castillo Portfolio 029: The epitome of youth on the run

Alec Castillo is the bassist of self-proclaimed “boner rock” band The Nude Party. He’s also a photographer dedicated to depicting the world and lifestyle he inhabits. Whether capturing antics on tour or portraying the most intimate of moments amongst friends, this dude’s eye has our attention. And he’s only just begun. “I use photography to…

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