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Okanagan College sharpens its image with donated equipment
Okanagan College Media Release

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Andreas Koessler

The mother of a photographer who captured some of the most notable faces at the Oscars, models in the making, and fashion's glitterati, has now placed his camera, lenses and other equipment into the hands of Okanagan College.

Andreas Koessler, who recently died at his home in Maui, Hawaii at the age of 37, due to his advancing Alzheimer’s, began his photography career in the Okanagan, making a name for himself in the last decade shooting iconic images both in the U.S. and abroad that appeared in numerous magazines, including Architectural Digest.

“He did incredible work, shooting in London, Paris, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, New York, and Hawaii,” said his mother Ute Koessler, who made the donation.

“He was a world-class photographer known for his inspired and artistic landscapes and portraiture,” she said, noting there are more than 300,000 images stored on his computers. “His portrait work with actors was established with his first client, Jon Voight, and it spiralled up from there. His ability to understand light, colour and space, allowed him to capture images through the lens in a unique way, that genuinely spoke to people.”

The significant donation includes Koessler’s professional quality
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Education Technology coordinator Mike Minions uses some of the donated equipment for digitizing slides.
Nikon D7000 Digital SLR capable of shooting six frames per second, plus various professional lenses including a Sigma DG 120-400mm telephoto lens, a high-performance wide-angle zoom Nikon Nikkor 17-55 mm f/2.8 lens, plus a Nikon Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 lens – used for extreme close-up photography, along with several new notebook computers.

The equipment will now be added to the Media Loan Equipment collection that is available to instructors and students for creating instructional materials and class projects.

“These projects often require capabilities beyond standard point and shoot cameras and the Nikon DSLR with macro and telephoto lenses will significantly extend the range of things we can do,” said Education Technology coordinator Mike Minions.

Minions said he’s already put some of the equipment to use digitizing slides for the College’s Women in Trades program using the macro lens, while the wide-angle lens has been used to update classroom photos.

“I can see we’ll be able to use this as well for creating time-lapsed photography of students’ presentations, such as the recently held Studio Woodworking gallery exhibition,” Minions said. “This is a tremendous asset for the College, and we are very grateful.”

This latest donation is part of a significant amount of material Ute Koessler has passed on to Okanagan College. In 2010, she donated an entire workshop of tools worth $87,000 that belonged to her deceased husband. Earlier this month, she also donated a 1989 Mercedes-Benz that is currently being raffled off to raise scholarship funds for the College.