Interview Karen Rosetzsky 'Young Love'

Young Love is Karen Rosetzsky’s first book, and as the title would suggest, is all about… ‘young love’. 

Featuring a selection of photographs taken over the course of 3 years in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, New Orleans, Willemstad, Prague, Cape Town and Paris, one will find an eclectic mix of all sorts of different stories and people, joined together in a pattern that is Karen’s incomparably raw and emotional sense of photography.

Picture after picture shows an entirely personal insight into the magical world that is ‘young love’. That all consuming, overwhelming moment filled with tenderness and desire, when nothing else seems to matter and you appear to love to the point of madness. That’s the moment we all dream we could capture, and once gone, strive forever to relive.

Young Love is a brilliant display of Rosetzsky at her best: raw, beautiful emotions and pure joie de vivre!

One simply can’t help but fall in love… all over again.


Karen, what’s your favorite picture?

I think its impossible to choose a favorite picture of all time. I’m hoping to capture many favorites in the future but right now I’m in love with one of the first images I shot for the Young love project. It’s the black and white image of the couple turning around like a dance. I have a huge print at home and I put it in front of our TV - it’s such a free and happy feeling I get of that image.
For me that’s a timeless beautiful image and I’m really happy with it .

Have you ever taken the perfect photo?

if so, which one is it? And can you explain why..

If I ever made the perfect picture? I think that’s almost an impossible question to answer, I will leave that up to the viewer ;-)

How different is the young Karen from the person you are today?

I have always been very spontaneous and living by a sort of ‘first instinct', that’s also how I prefer to work. It has brought me many unique and strange experiences and I love to live like that, of course I have changed over the years. I am the mother of two now ( Sally and Isaak ) and along with kids comes huge responsibility. That has in a way changed me, but I’m still the same. I love the freelance life and I really like the fact that every day is different in our house. I never know how next week will look like and where we will be, but that's what I love. It’s a bit of a puzzle with two kids now, but we’re managing and I’m very lucky that Dennis (my husband) can come along with the kids for my work travels.

How did you come up with the book 'Young Love'?

I came up with the ‘Young Love’ project after giving birth to our first child, Sally. I was home and nursing our little baby and I finally had the time to think about my career and what I wanted to do as a next project. I always wanted to make a book, I think that's a milestone for every photographer, and I love working with young kids; single, couples or in groups. I came to Holland because I fell head over heels in love, I moved within 2 months so that was the inspiration for me to do the ‘Young Love’ project! 

Who was your first love? 

First love; Rock’n’roll ;-) 

Could you explain what love means to you.. How does it feel?

Love is such an overwhelming, beautiful and pure feeling. I have been lucky to fall madly in love 3 times in my life; first time was when I met Dennis (my husband ) and I just experienced this rush twice more with my children. 

Do you believe in monogamous love?

I totally believe in monogamous love, I love to have this feeling of a life long partner and grow strong together as a team. 

If you could date anyone in the world.. Who would it be?

I’m happy to only date my husband. Growing up, I had a secret crush on Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix until I was 17 I think, that wouldn’t be a boring date I guess ;-)

Tell us a secret.... 

I always had a wish to become a photographer. My father is a photographer and we had a darkroom in our house where I grew up. I loved being there and when I was teenager I used to listen to late night music shows and develop pictures and smoke cigarettes in secret…

What is a photographer’s role in fashion these days?

I think the role of a photographer these days has changed a lot. We are still a very important factor (of course ;-) but since the digital age began and social media exploded you have to be strong as a fashion photographer to keep it up in the business. 

Our role is still to tell our stories but the process has changed and it’s a much faster world than what it used to be.

If you could be anyone from the history, who would it be?

If I could be anyone in history I guess I would be a rock’n roll star like in the 60’ies. But my heroes are all men…is that strange ;-) ? Like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison,David Bowie etc…

Do you have any upcoming projects?

I got so excited and inspired of making the ‘Young Love’  book, so I think I have to come up with another project like this…I don't know what it will be yet, but the freedom of a project like this is Amazing!! All photographers should do free projects!!! 


5 things you can't live without:

Family, Photography, Music, Friends, Nature.

You can buy Karen Rosetszky's book here:

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