Andreas Magdanz

 

Contemporary German Photography

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Andreas Magdanz’s website features a set of fairly amazing projects. He took photos of the formerly top secret Cold War underground bunker of the federal German government. And then there are his colour photos from Auschwitz. I can’t remember whether I’ve ever seen colour photos from there; usually, people seem to prefer b/w. It’s tempting to use b/w to increase the starkness of the place. But it also creates some sort of additional separation - beyond the mere geographical and historical ones. I think I never really knew what the place looked like even though I had seen those b/w photos. Seeing it in colour is quite an experience.