Shoot All Skaters – Skin Phillips

Sure wish I could have gotten Skin Phillips in the printed United Skateboard Photography Project book but you can’t get them all! Check out this video clip which gives us some insights into how Skin went through over three decades of being a skateboard photographer and some of his experiences. Truly a legend in skateboard photography!

Skateboard Photographer Andre Magarao

Andre Magarao

Where are you currently located / living?

I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I was born and raised here.

How old are you and how long have you been involved with photography?

I’m 32. I got involved in photography when I was pretty young. My dad had this Pentax K1000 and I started to play with it when I was 15 or so back in the film days. I did a few photography courses back then but for some reason I kind of drifted away from it for a while. And then maybe 4 or 5 years ago I found photography again and have been really stoked on it ever since.

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Skateboard Photographer Sybren Vanoverberghe

Sybren Vanoverberghe

For a guy who just began one year ago to make photos, Sybren Vanoverberghe has a bright future as a photographer. Welcome to the project and we’re looking forward to a lot more of your photos!

Where are you currently located / living?

Currently I’m living in Wielsbeke, Belgium. It’s a small town not so far away from Brussels.

How old are you and how long have you been involved with photography?

I’m seventeen years old. I started shooting photos one year ago. Currently I’m shooting skateboard photos for about 10 months.

Jonathan Vlerick - Fs 270 - Noorderkempen Belgium
Skater: Jonathan Vlerick – Fs 270

What type of camera do you shoot with?

I always have an analog point and shoot camera with me or my Fuji X100. For skateboarding I use my canon 7D.

What is your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?

My flashes, however I prefer natural light.

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?

I think I will go with the 50mm. I’ve been using this lens since the beginning of shooting skateboard photos. It’s a great focal length to shoot skateboard and lifestyle photos with. I prefer using prime lenses, you have to zoom by using your feet and this makes you think a lot more about the final composition.

Simon Deprez - Rock to fakie
Skater: Simon Deprez – Rock to fakie

What makes a skate photograph original and unique: basically what is your idea of a good photo?

I think a good skate photograph is a photo that shows the skater nicely composed at the spot. Personally I prefer something more added to the photograph than just the skater and the spot. Something different and unique. That’s what makes skate photography so interesting to me. You always can experiment and try out new things. You can play with the lightning and shadows, the composition, lines in the photograph.. Every kind of photographer has his own way of thinking and looking at the world. The same thing counts for skateboard photographers.

Joren Losfeld - Bs Crooks
Skater: Joren Losfeld – Bs Crooks

Name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?

This one is really difficult… There are a lot of great inspirational skateboard photographers out there. I really like the combination of fine art and skateboarding in one single shot. I think it just makes the photograph more interesting. I think I would say Fred Mortagne or Brian Gaberman. They shoot great skateboard photos and most of the times it’s combined with a fine art touch.
However, I also want to mention Arto Saari, Ryan Allan, DVL and Switn.

Joren Losfeld - Bs Nosegrind
Skater: Joren Losfeld – Bs Nosegrind

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about skateboard photography?

Everything has to be perfectly timed. The photograph needs to be taken on the exact right moment. The composition of the spot and the skater in the street has to be good. The people that are walking down the street have to be on the right place. The light and the shadows have to be on the right place. It’s pushing the limits as far as you can as a photographer and the same counts for the skater. Sometimes you have to stop shooting because of the bad weather or the trick doesn’t work out. Cops can kick you out or there might be a car in front of the handrail. These are some challenges but these are also the reasons why I love to shoot skateboarding. You have this close connection with the skaters due to all these variable circumstances. In the end you’re both doing the same thing, you’re doing what you love to do and you’re letting your creativity do its thing.

Joren Losfeld
Skater: Joren Losfeld

References you have (past and present photography work) and/or your relation to skateboarding

Drash Magazine
Soma Magazine
Freeze Magazine

I think skateboarding is a great way of expressing yourself through what you like to do in your life. It’s full of creativity and great people.

Contact information:

Phone: + 32 478 02 28 18
Website :
Instagram: @vanoverberghesybren

Justin Dacpano - Bs 50 50
Skater: Justin Dacpano – Bs 50 50

Justin Dacpano - Bs Tailslide
Skater: Justin Dacpano – Bs Tailslide

Justin Dacpano - Push
Skater: Justin Dacpano – Push

Kenny Werner - Fs 360 shuve it
Skater: Kenny Werner – Fs 360 shuve it

Sebastiaan Herpoel - Bs Crook to lipslide
Skater: Sebastiaan Herpoel – Bs Crook to lipslide