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Feb 20, 2009

Marc Baruth’s “The Prodigal Son” (“staged landscapes based on the wok of Peter Paul Rubens”) immediately brings Beate Gütschow’s work to mind.
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Feb 19, 2009

Susanne Katzenberg’s portfolio contains a variety of projects, which are all quite different, so picking one image was tricky.
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Feb 18, 2009

Lotte Reimann’s website is pretty bare bones, so it’s hard (if not impossible) to tell what they series are about; but the work is quite interesting.
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Feb 11, 2009

The Sonic Blog today featured the work of Mona Simon whose intensely beautiful “Transylvania” is not to be missed.
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Jan 30, 2009

“The Queen, a digitally modified photographic portrait of a women, taken in the style of classic renaissance paintings, is shown in a fine art environment, in a fine art manner. The aura of art is catalysed by special lighting, pictograms, state of the art presentation, security guards, and a red velvet rope to prevent physical contact.” - Frederik Busch
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Jan 13, 2009

At the beginning of his career, Laurenz Berges took photographs of abandoned Soviet barracks in Eastern Germany. He still is looking for traces of people that have left a place.
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Jan 9, 2009

Sandra Kühnapfel’s “Plattenbau” (the first of the projects on her site) portrays the environments and inhabitants of the apartment complexes, known in Germany as Plattenbauten.
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Jan 6, 2009

Elger Esser is one of my favourite German photographers, in large part because of his large-scale (colour) landscapes. These photographs invite the usual complaints about German photography, but I could not imagine seeing Esser’s landscapes any other way. Needless to say, the image samples on the web do the prints absolutely no justice. Here’s a page with more information (and samples), and hopefully this one is not going to disappear as rapidly as all my earlier links. (updated entry)
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Dec 1, 2008

German editorial photographer Julian Röder has a large portfolio filled with interesting photography; with my personal favourite maybe being Berlin.
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Nov 26, 2008

More German editorial photography: Thomas Meyer’s work. (and kudos to Jörg for providing so many Ostkreuz links!)
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Nov 18, 2008

“My photographs are not meant to tell stories – I only want to make pictures.” - Ricarda Roggan
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Nov 17, 2008

Andreas Schoettke’s Wolfsburg is a good portrait of pretty much any, especially somewhat smaller German city - first a hasty reconstruction (right after World War II), then the ravages of various periods of ever more gruesome architecture (culminating in brutalism), and now an overly generous mix of concrete and fancy (or maybe just semi-fancy) architecture makes you search in vain for the city’s soul.
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Nov 13, 2008

Of Matthias Zielfeld’s projects I by far like his glaciers the best.
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Oct 29, 2008

Jörg Brüggemann’s Same Same But Different portrays young Westerners backpacking in less affluent countries.
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Oct 27, 2008

“I want to show a planet infested with a species in rage, in acceleration and constant motion—in that, becoming an abstract phenomenon. But I also want to show how much beauty we can find in this development we’re in, when we see it as an adventure or a challenge. My images stand for the highspeed insanity we’re facing every day.” - Martin Denker
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Oct 16, 2008

Henk Wittinghofer’s portfolio is a bit of a hodgepodge of imagery, but there are lots that I really like.
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Oct 9, 2008

It took me a long time to find some references to German photographer Simone Nieweg. There are some images here, and you can see some more of her work here. However, the latter website might contain the worst reproductions of an artist’s photography I’ve ever seen: The images for the most part are completely ruined by jpeg compression artifacts. Unbelievable! I’ve seen a print of this photo, and when you see it online you’ll probably wonder what makes me link to this work. The print looks nothing like the jpeg - it’s like the difference between a colour photo and a photocopy done on a b/w xerox machine whose toner is low. Does the gallery not care? Are they complete amateurs? I honestly cannot come up with a good explanation. If you have a bit of time, you can look at this page, which contains some (very large) press images (which loads rather slowly).
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Oct 3, 2008

Bettina Steinacker’s Terrain Vague traces changes in the formerly heavily industrialized Ruhr area in Germany.
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Sep 26, 2008

Barbara Hilski’s images are visually complex, even though they are constructed in a fairly simple manner.
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Sep 25, 2008

Cornelia Hediger’s “Doppelgänger” series makes me imagine David Hockney meeting Kelli Connell. Interesting.
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Sep 23, 2008

I’m not sure I like all of Alexander Binder’s very experimental imagery, but there are some gems. I find Autobahn oddly fascinating.
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Sep 22, 2008

When hearing about Reinhard Krause’s Windmills in Eastern Germany, my initial reaction was to wonder what could possibly be interesting about those. Little did I know. Shot a bit Becheresque, Windmills in Eastern Germany contains lots of extremely beautiful images, and I’m quite glad Reinhard did not aim for a pure typology look.
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Sep 18, 2008

Andreas Ren’s portrayal of sterile public places is right up my alley.
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Sep 16, 2008

There are many overphotographed places in the world - Transylvania is certainly not one of them. So kudos to Laura Marina for taking us there.
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Sep 12, 2008

For her series “Über den militärischen Raum” [On military space], Joanna Kosowska visited the ruins of German World War II fortifications, amongst them Hitler’s headquarter and submarine bunkers.
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Sep 10, 2008

Sebastian Lemm’s website is filled with very conceptual art work, a lot of which works with an overabundance of shapes.
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Sep 4, 2008

A lot of Elmar Haardt’s photography deals with borders and/or with the (old) West meeting the (old) East.
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Aug 29, 2008

Timo Stammberger’s “Underground Landscapes” depicts subway and train tunnels.
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Aug 28, 2008

With her series German Images (Looking for Evidence 1992-1994 / 2006-2008), Eva Leitolf “turns her attention to racist crimes in Germany and the ways they are discussed in society.” (for example, the caption of the above image reads “In the Saxony state elections in 2004 the fascist National Democratic Party gained 23.1 percent of the vote in Reinhardtsdorf-Schöna. According to press reports it maintains close contact with the banned SSS group (Sächsische Schweiz Skinheads), which has set itself the goal of ridding the area of foreigners.”) Coincidentally, her website is also a great example of a bilingual website.
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Aug 19, 2008

Erik Niedling uses archival photography (old glass plates) for some of his work.
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Aug 15, 2008

Via The Sonic Blog comes Frauke Schumann’s Ein Stück Deutschland, photography done on a campground in Germany.
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Aug 11, 2008

For her series “Dann” (“Then”), which deals with the uncertainties facing young people who are trying to figure out what to do with their lives, Maria Leutner takes close-up portraits (no fancy lights, no make-up, no celebrities), asking her sitters to think about what worries them. Intended to be shown as a four-by-four grid (given how this works this is more than just a nod to the Bechers), the effect is quite stunning, as very small variations in the facial expressions of the different sitters draw the viewer in.
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Aug 1, 2008

“Faces of Evil shows the faces of the cruellest and most infamous dictators of our time, from Mao to Hitler to Mugabe. Hans Weishäupl took photographs of over 350 people in each dictator’s country and pieced particular parts of them together to create a new and alarmingly lively look for each of them.” See some large images here.
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Jul 29, 2008

Peter Otto’s “Räume” (spaces) employs photography to investigate space and its use.
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Jul 23, 2008

Earlier, I mentioned an interview with Hilla Becher, published in Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin has now agreed to let me publish my translation of the full interview on this blog.
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Jul 23, 2008

Rivkah Young has explored spaces that were constructed to display fantasies - such as amusement parks and TV studios.
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Jul 21, 2008

I’m sure Nicolas Wollnik’s eagerness to push the boundaries of photography (or image making) will unsettle those who are uncomfortable with the idea of moving beyond photographic orthodoxy.
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Jul 18, 2008

Peter Wildanger’s photography is quite interesting - I’m not so sure about the statements, though (“Definition of a pictorial space: any quantity x of elements, endued with a certain structure, which presents an abstraction of the multidimensional space of perception.”)
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Jul 2, 2008

Thomas Misik’s architectural background is very clearly visible in his photography.
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May 26, 2008

Via Nina Corvallo’s blog, I came across Arno Schidlowski’s portraits of animals.
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Apr 30, 2008

The vast majority of Amira Fritz’s work, winner of the second prize at the Hyères photography festival is not available online. She shoots her work at dawn or dusk to achieve a painterly effect, and having seen high-quality prints I think it’ll be extremely hard to convey the quality of the images on the web.
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Apr 21, 2008

There’s a lot of nice work on Matthias Stief’s website.
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Apr 18, 2008

For her latest project Johanna Manke talked to young women and asked them about how they felt when they had their first big crush. The resulting photos were then staged, with photographer and subject trying to recreate one of those moments. When I first heard about this, I didn’t quite expect that the photos would so effortlessly stay away from being corny. Unfortunately, there is no English-language version of the text on those two pages.
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Apr 3, 2008

I found Bernd Kleinheisterkamp on The Sonic Blog. Bernd’s photographic provenance is not very hard to guess when you look at Siedlung, but you also definitely don’t want to miss the Stills.
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Mar 20, 2008

As a child, I hated circuses (and especially clowns - just like most other children), and I still do. Luckily, Simon Menner’s Fahrendes Volk shows just the outsides. Also browse through his other work - there is a lot of good stuff to be found on his site!
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Mar 18, 2008

For all those who have been missing some typologies on this blog, there’s Matthias Petrus Schaller’s work. All others (and, of course, also the typologies fans) want to scroll down and not miss the series “Werkbildnis I” and “Werkbildnis II”, images taken in photographers’ studios/flats and architects’ offices, respectively.
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Mar 7, 2008

Mrs. Deane already mentioned Sabine Wild’s zoo series, but I personally find some of her other work more interesting, such as, for example, these architectural studies (if one wants to call it that). I’m not sure they all work, but for me they’re a welcome different look at modern cityscapes.
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Jan 25, 2008

I like Martin Klimas’ series of porcelain pieces, caught in the moment when they break when hitting a hard surface. Some of those work really well. Some of his other work is quite nice as well, even though the shtick of a vase exploding when hit by a bullet grows a bit old after you’ve seen two or three.
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Jan 24, 2008

I really like Kathrin Kur’s Smoke and Mirrors - in fact much more than any of her other projects.
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