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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:

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Photo Credit: Jack Belli Portfolio 018

Jack Belli’s portfolio of imagery is vast. What started as a surf hobby, has since turned into an art form featuring some of the world’s most beautiful girls. We tracked Jack down to find out how that evolution occurred. And if he knows how we can make it happen for us. WHAT YOUTH: Where did…

Photo Credit: Zara Mirkin Portfolio 017

“I love music, its my biggest passion in life except I can’t play for shit so didn’t pursue it. In saying that I try to make my work as musically involved as I can and spend the majority of my money going to watch my favorite bands play, and buying silly band merch.” –Zara Mirkin…

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Photo Credit: Larsen Sotelo Portfolio 015

Being resourceful. And making the most of what you have. That’s been the ticket for a lot of successful photographers. And Larsen Sotelo became an expert at both of these things, and now his photography comes with built in edge and raw energy. We had him select some of his favorite photos and asked him a…

Photo Credit: Luke Schuetrumpf Portfolio 015

He’s young. He’s talented. He’s hustling. And he literally rode his bike here to meet us. Australian photographer Luke Schuetrumpf started by filming surfing and then quickly abandoned that when he realized he could photograph beautiful girls instead. And the call has worked out. “Where I grew up had a big influence on me: girls at…

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Photo Credit: Kyle Lightner Portfolio 014

The return of a really talented photographer

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Photo Credit: Patrick Trefz Portfolio 013

Patrick Trefz is originally from Düsseldorf, Germany — a long way from his current Santa Cruz home and surf lifestyle. But it was there in Germany his love of skateboarding got the ball rolling for his current passion. It was a few well-timed jaunts into the jungle, barefoot and eating bananas and coconuts off the…

Photo Credit: Stefan Kocev Portfolio 012

A beautiful array of images from a friend of a friend.

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Photo Credit: Seth Stafford Portfolio 011

Seth Stafford spent much of his career shooting photographs for the now out of print TransWorld Surf Mag. Now he spends his time surfing and skating and shooting more photos. And as you’ll see below, the New Jersey native has accumulated quite a surreal catalog of photographs during that career — working with and shooting both…

Photo Credit: Gutterdust Portfolio 010

Gutterdust is the epic alias of Andy Wauman, artist, photographer and wanderer.

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Photo Credit: Josh Zucker Portfolio 009

Josh Zucker hangs with a sick crew. At only 21 years old he’s already worked for Vans and Flip, is practically an honorary member of Odd Future, kicks it on Fairfax casually and has traveled the world with “it” crews as well as a solid batch of skateboarding legends. His demeanor is polite, friendly and…

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Photo Credit: Nolan Hall Portfolio 008

Working for Vans puts you in some pretty good company. And when your’e a cool cat like Nolan Hall, you’re going to get to document dudes authentically. In the wild. How they are. Unique, creative, fucked up and amazing. Nolan has been traveling the world snapping photos for a long time and we hit him…

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Photo Credit: Woody Gooch Portfolio 007

When we asked Woody Gooch about his name, all he said was: “Woodya mean?” Followed by: “I don’t really have a fucking clue how I got the name of two male private parts. I still haven’t asked my parents. No one ever believes me that my name is Woody Gooch.” But we’ll be damned if…

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