The Multifaceted Lens of Johan Vipper: A Journey Through Time, Themes, and Techniques

The Multifaceted Lens of Johan Vipper: A Journey Through Time, Themes, and Techniques

Image courtesy of Johan Vipper

In the realm of photography, where every frame is a moment frozen in time, Johan Vipper has established a unique narrative through his lens.

From the bustling streets of New York during the Covid-19 shutdown to the timeless allure of rock photography, Vipper's work spans across various themes and decades, offering viewers a rich tapestry of visuals and emotions.

In this edition of the Coffee x Cameras series, we delve into the world of Johan Vipper, exploring his journey, inspirations, and the profound connections between his life, work, and the aromatic world of coffee.

A Glimpse into Vipper’s World

Image courtesy of Johan Vipper

Johan Vipper, a photographer with a rich archive dating back to the mid-70s, doesn’t confine himself to a single theme or subject.

His work, a vibrant amalgamation of varied subjects and moments, reflects a philosophy of capturing everything, all the time.

From the digital realms of rock photography to the analog world of black and white negatives, Vipper’s portfolio is a testament to his versatility and boundless curiosity.

Documenting a Pandemic-Stricken City

Image courtesy of Johan Vipper

One of Vipper’s notable projects includes a poignant photo essay documenting New York City during the Covid-19 shutdown.

The visuals, a stark contrast to the city’s usual vibrancy, offer a silent yet powerful commentary on the global crisis and its impact on urban life.

Explore the photo essay here.

Inspirations and Influences

Image courtesy of Johan Vipper

While Vipper draws inspiration from numerous photographers, two names stand out: Edward Weston and Anton Corbijn.

Weston, known for his innovative and diverse approaches to photography, and Corbijn, celebrated for his iconic portraits and involvement in the music industry, have significantly influenced Vipper’s perspective and style.

The Tools of the Trade

Image courtesy of Johan Vipper

Vipper’s toolkit is as diverse as his portfolio, ranging from the iPhone 14 Pro and Sony RX100 v7 to the Nikon D850 and Phase One XF.

His choice of equipment reflects a blend of accessibility and professional quality, enabling him to capture moments as they unfold in various contexts and settings.

A Self-Taught Journey and Future Aspirations

Image courtesy of Johan Vipper

Navigating through the realms of photography largely as a self-taught artist, Vipper has managed to carve out a distinctive path in the field.

Looking ahead, he aspires to organize his extensive archive of black and white negatives and potentially publish books that encapsulate his decades-long journey in rock photography and other themes.

Coffee, Cameras, and Creativity

Image courtesy of Johan Vipper

While Vipper enjoys a dark roast, preferably an Ethiopian yirgacheffe, prepared with a French press, he admits that his coffee ritual doesn’t necessarily intertwine with his photographic workflow.

However, his love for coffee, especially in the delightful form of an affogato, and a preference for tea, hint at a personality that finds joy in the simple pleasures of life.

Words of Wisdom

Image courtesy of Johan Vipper

“Shoot what you love/like.” Vipper’s advice to fellow photographers is simple yet profound.

In a field often swayed by trends and commercial demands, staying true to one’s interests and passions can pave the way for authentic and resonant work.


Johan Vipper’s photographic journey is a rich blend of diverse themes, timeless moments, and a genuine love for his craft.

As he continues to explore the world through his lens, viewers are invited to partake in his visual narratives, finding stories, emotions, and perhaps a reflection of their own experiences within the frames.

Stay tuned for more in the Coffee x Cameras series. If you would like to be a featured photographer either here on our blog, or on YouTube for a video interview, drop us a line at the Interview Series link. You can also follow Johan Vipper’s work through his Instagram and official website.


Back to blog



Ulla Nordfors

Great photography elevates its subject, while hiding nothing JV’s work achieves this. It will be an important record of lives, dreams and living in NY’s rock and roll subculture.

David H Evans

Beautiful, beautiful stuff.

Finley Hunt

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.