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Interview for the Czech magazin "Cilichili" about the photo project "The most beautiful people in the world" published in April 2010.
The most important question to start with: how people perceive or understand the word Beauty? Do they prefer physical beauty or the human beauty of personality. Does is have something to do with age, occupation, social status, culture or the country of their origin?
The way the project was set up was to put announcements in newspapers asking people to respond in case they had the opinion they were the most beautiful in the world.
People in your pictures look positive, mostly they are smiling just like they had no problems. Is this staged for the photographer, a game, or do they really enjoy their life because they feel beautiful?
This was absolutely not staged. Most participants who believed they were the most beautiful in the world were visited in their homes.
Do you have more women or men participating in the project? Is this a mixture of different people or does it tend to be a universal sample of people no matter of their nationality or place where they live?
In total worldwide over 120 persons have been visited and documented.
Has the work on this project somehow influenced your life or your life attitude? Has anything surprised you?
It has highly influenced my life.
Surprising was that people living in circumstances you would expect them not to be very happy, were in fact very content and were feeling beautiful.
After meeting all the people from various parts of the planet, how would you define beauty?
It can be a subjective assessment of someone’s physical presentation.
Is there any universal recipe how to become a beautiful person?
As the creator, initiator and performer of this project and after having been to 10 countries documenting over 120 beautiful persons, I have no pretension to claim expertise on how to become a beautiful person.
Nevertheless, it has been noticed that persons that are saying they are the most beautiful, are very pragmatic, optimistic and clever.
Please tell us some funny and/or rough story from photographing beauty.
In a small village in the Islamic Republic of Iran I met a woman.