Private Land

The consecutive photo series “Privateland” is an exploration of the temporary and intermediate states in the fractal urban structure.
Between the past and future, at the same time more and less visible, however omnipresent, these places open up for a certain time, in which they appear to be conveniently arranged in the proper temporal and spatial order. Walter Benjamin has termed this as the surreal moment of photography. Marc Augés elaborated upon this idea with his “Non-Places”, as a view into the psychological explanation that
gives a location a social history, one that could exist anywhere. The underlying tension within the social creation myth is that between civilization and wilderness, understood as urbanization and homesteading (see Western), is found here as silent temporal feedback – full
of energy and beauty. The reflective potential in these images are comparable with the themes in romantic landscape paintings just as
much as emotionless documentation, and justifiably the melodramatic sensation of decay as well.
In subsequent photo series like “Ride’em Jewboy”, “OvertheTopTours”, and “Deadline”, the same principle is applied to a concrete historical background in connection with a specific location. All series are photographed with a Mamiya 645 analog camera in the middle format of 4,5×6 cm. Photos from the series “Voigtland” were taken with a 1938 model Voigtländer camera.

C-print, edition 3+2 ap,
70×100cm, Berlin 2016

C-print, edition 3+2 ap,
70×100cm, Cardiff, Newport,
Berry Island/Wales 2015

C-print, edition 3+2 ap,
70×100cm, Berlin 2010-2013

C-print, edition 3+2 ap,
70×100cm, Prag, Detroit,
Istanbul, Berlin, Newport,
Neapel 2008 – 2013

C-print, edition 3+2 ap,
70×100cm, Berlin 2005-2008

Ride 'Em Jewboy

Motifs from places with historical connection to the Shoa

C-print, edition 3+2 ap,
70×100cm, Berlin 2016

C-print, edition 3+2 ap,
40×50/70×100cm,
Hamburg 2012

C-print, edition 3+2 ap,
40×50/70×100cm,
Terezin/CZ 2012

C-print, edition 3+2 ap,
40×50/70×100cm,
Berlin 2007-2012

Overthetoptours

Photoseries, taken along the former battlefields of WW1 so-called „red zones“ which are cordoned off because of the incalculable multitude of undetonated gas and high-explosive ordinance concentrated there and erstwhile completely destroyed localities along the frontline in flanders and northern france. The title was taken from a travel agency for WW1 tourism in Ypres.

C-print, edition 3+2ap,
70×100cm, Flanders/
Northern France 2014

Open Range

Abandoned villages in the brown coal mining area of West Germany and the appropriate new villages at the moment of resettlement.

C-print, edition 3+2ap,
40×50cm/70×100cm,
NRW 2008-2015

Voigtland

1938 travel camera by Voigtländer, medium format

C-print, edition 3+2ap
38×60cm/65×110cm,
Berlin, Istanbul, Detroit,
and others 2008 – 2016,

C-print, edition 3+2ap
60×38cm, Hamburg Port City,
Government Quarter Berlin,
German Museum 2012/13

Wastelands

Coke dumps in the city port of Essen. Motifs taken under the aspect of the Ruhr area as a romantic landscape (see Casper David Friedrich and Anselm Adams). Visual similarities in the beginnings of the industrialization at the area and the US frontier myth create new aspects on the possibilities of the structural change there.

Baryt, edition 3+2ap,
30×40cm, Essen 2002