Photographer Interviews

What Wildlife Photographer Anand Varma Learned Assisting David Liittschwager

October 31, 2017

By David Walker

© David Liittschwager

Watching David Liittschwager photograph a flounder larva was a revelation for Anand Varma who, as Liittschwager’s assistant at the time, had caught the transparent creature. By bringing out its iridescent sheen, Liittschwager highlighted an aspect of the subject that Varma “couldn’t see when it was right in front of me,” he says.

When he began photographing natural history subjects, Anand Varma took a traditional documentary approach. But several years ago, he transitioned to what he describes as “a more controlled, studio style.” The change happened while he was assisting photographer David Liittschwager, who isolates specimens on plain backgrounds. “I realized that when you remove a distracting background, you can appreciate the subject...

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