Cobra Kai, Karate Kid & my shooting with Martin Kove

Wer kennt den Kultfilm aus den 80ern mit Ralph Macchio in der Rolle des Karate Kid nicht! Ich bin damit aufgewachsen, und die Filmserie wie viele andere Filme aus den 80ern haben mich indirekt auch beeinflusst. So hat es mich sehr gefreut, einen der Hauptdarsteller – Martin Kove alias John Kreese – vor kurzem vor meiner Linse zu haben. Und umso mehr als NETFLIX “COBRA KAI” released hat, wo Ralph Macchio auch nahezu alle Schauspieler aus den 80ern bewegen konnte, in dieser echt tollen Serie mitzuspielen!

Everybody can become an average photographer, if he/she only takes pictures of the things he/she observes, loves, focuses sufficiently and therefore deals with them sufficiently! If you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes, if you photograph them in black and white, you photograph their souls!

I photographed Martin in the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles. He came to the set with his son, Jesse Kove, who is also a successful actor in Hollywood and can be seen in D-Day or Wings of Freedom. Martin is a legend, he not only starred in Karate Kid, but was also the bad guy in RAMBO 2. I love to shoot with such strong characters, who are not only visually interesting, but who either act in front of the camera or are themselves.

As light sources I used two Hensel Light Stripbox 30 x 180 with crest and an Octagon Softbox. By a unique and timeless photography you should recognize the photographer - even if he is not to be seen on it! I find it essential to communicate a lot with the people I photograph, so that I can bring out different emotions! The more I know about a person, the easier it is for me to control many things on the set to get what I want to photograph!

As a good photographer you are always a little bit of a psychologist, someone who can listen and understand how to use this! ..and then you just have to wait for the right moment, or simply be able to read between the lines. Because with every story I have to hit the moment that tells the whole story.

When people look at my photographs & works, I want them to feel like me, just before the camera is released, but also as if they want to read a line of a poem twice!

In today's world where there are billions of photos, you have already won if someone looks twice or longer than 5 seconds.

For the farewell there were also some photos with his son Jesse! I am looking forward to seeing them again and season 2 of Cobra Kai!

See you soon, your Manfred!

23 thoughts on "Cobra Kai, Karate Kid & my shoot with Martin Kove".

  1. so cool, great photos...And you're right-> If you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes, if you photograph them in black and white, you photograph their souls!

    Many greetings


    1. Thank you! Yes, if you know my books or calendars then most of the photos are in SW 😉 Have you seen Karate Kid? Or the new series?

  2. Strong images of a legendary character, dear Manfred!
    Wow, I looked at 😉 for more than 5 seconds.

    Wish you and Nelly a great time in L.A.
    All the best

      1. ... I saw Manfred, and Karate Kid a few times in the 80s.
        I became curious about the new series 🙂
        Before the Karate Kid, kung fu fighting flickered in our living room...
        Many greetings

  3. Hallo Manfred, tolle Fotos…und Ja, unsere Generation ist mit Karate Kid aufgewachsen…die 80er sind BACK! “Cobra Kai” ist toll gemacht! Klare Netflix Empfehlung für alle!

I look forward to your news!

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