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Mads Frederik Interview

Hailing from Denmark, Mads Frederik has a knack for capturing the clean, crisp interiors of his native country. No stranger to success, his work has been featured in a myriad of publications over the years. We were more than thrilled when he agreed to take a few moments to chat with us about his craft.

Who are you?

Mads, Frederik, a Danish photographer working in Copenhagen, Denmark.

What do you do?

I work as a freelance architectural photographer and graphic designer. I share an office with some cool people in a very old building in central Copenhagen.

Where did you grow up?

In a small town in the western part of Denmark, close the North Sea and beautiful nature.

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When did you take your first big risk in life?

When I left high school just before my graduate year to start out as a musician in Barcelona. This trip eventually led me to Copenhagen, where I began my graphic and photography career.

Why have you found success so far?

I’ve taken chances and followed my heart. I left art school in the early ’90s and started working for magazines, ad agencies, and later on I chose to work as a freelancer. I think my interest in trends and tendencies has kept me on top of things.

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Who is someone you’d love to work with, but can’t?

There are so many great architects I’d love to work with. One of my favorites, Oscar Niemeyer, is of course impossible to work with!

What are you working on right now?

At the moment, I work for several architects and designers in the Copenhagen area, mostly documenting their projects. At the same time I’m re-designing signage systems for a consulting company with my architectural partner Retail Design.

Where do you spend most of your free time?

Outdoors, often by water – I love windsurfing. I love to dine out at good restaurants, listen to music, and travel. I love Southern Europe: France and Spain in particular.

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When you look back at your life so far, describe your biggest success.

I have been able to stay with a small independent company while freelancing with a variety of other clients. I’m proud to say that I’ve always been in control of my career and I’ve never ended up in a place I didn’t want to be!

Why are you doing this interview?

I hope I can inspire other photographers and freelancers like myself!

Written by Shaun Roncken

Shaun is Mylo's Editorial Director. He spends most of his time writing about design, music and sports for a variety of online publications.