Monika Fischbein

Monika Fischbein

I was born and brought up in Budapest and moved to England in 1997. I was already a professional photographer when I started my studies at Central Saint Martins.

I have been involved within the fashion industry, as well as assisting various high fashion photographers for several years. I also work commercially and have taught to undergraduate level.

Most of my work today is a series of portraits based on themes that are fundamental to my artistic motivation such as identity, self-perception and dealing with real life events.

Why did you decide to study at Central Saint Martins?

In order to progress my work to a more conceptual level I went on to become a postgraduate student at Central Saint Martins where my ideas in project-based fine art photography were successfully advanced and cultivated.

What was the best bit about living and studying in London?

Everything is at your fingertips. You can fill your diary with exhibitions and events.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Remember, that your professional life starts right here.

And for students about to graduate?

Remember that networking is as important as your talent and perseverance.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am currently shooting an autobiographical inspired portrait series in my hometown. This will conclude in a London exhibition in 2010. I also teach media, set up traditional photography courses and do traditional photographic retouching.

How has Central Saint Martins helped in your chosen career path?

Central Saint Martins gave me the opportunity to start creating images with a narrative. It also made me super strong in my belief and passion for traditional methods within image making.

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