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Exploring Space and Place with Beate Gütschow, Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer

“Through the Lens of Candida Höfer,” interview profile courtesy AsiaAlter

In Lost Places: Sites of photography at Hamberger Kunsthalle in Germany (through September 23, 2012), 20 innovative contemporary photographers respond to the question: ”What happens to real places if a space loses its usual significance and can be experienced on a virtual plane?”

These artists, many who came out of Bernd and Hilla Becher’s renowned Dusseldorf School of Photography, which championed the de-emphasis of the perspective of the photographer and focus on the object’s command over the frame, present the documentation of landscape at a time when traditional notions of “space” and “place,” for better or worse, are rapidly changing.

Artist included in the exhibition are: Thomas Demand (b. 1964), Omer Fast (b. 1972), Beate Gütschow (b. 1970), Andreas Gursky (b. 1955), Candida Höfer (b. 1944), Sabine Hornig (b. 1964), Jan Köchermann (b. 1967), Barbara Probst (b. 1964), Alexandra Ranner (b. 1967), Ben Rivers (b. 1972), Thomas Ruff (b. 1958), Gregor Schneider (b. 1969), Sarah Schönfeld (b. 1979), Joel Sternfeld (b. 1944), Thomas Struth (b. 1954), Guy Tillim (b. 1962), Jörn Vanhöfen (b. 1961), Jeff Wall (b. 1946) and Tobias Zielony (b. 1973).

Gursky, Höfer, Ruff, Struth, and Wall were all featured in Stefan Gronert’s large-format volume The Dusseldorf School of Photography (Aperture 2010). In the fascinating video series “Contacts: The Renewal of Contemporary Photography,” Gursky and Wall describe the methodology behind their work.

In 2005, Aperture also published Höfer’s monograph Architecture of Absence, which features her meticulously composed images of public spaces marked with the richness of human activity, yet largely devoid of human presence.

Gütschow, “who constructs cityscapes and landscapers that are reminiscent of well-known places, but that do not allow any true reference” for her photographs in this exhibition, did a monograph with Aperture as well in 2007 called LS/S.

Work by Joel Sternfeld was featured in Aperture issue 192 and 180. Guy Tillim appears in Aperture issue 193.

Lost Places: Sites of Photography
Exhibition on view:
June 8 – September 23, 2012

Hamberger Kunsthalle
GlockengieBerwall 20095
Hamburg, Germany
+49 (0) 40-428-131-200

Guy Tillim: Second Nature

Tautira, Tahiti (4510702), 2010, © Guy Tillim

Exhibition on view:
Through March 17, 2012

James Harris Gallery
312 2nd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
(206) 903-6220

South African photographer Guy Tillim is appearing in his first solo exhibition in the United States at the James Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA. Second Nature synthesizes the beauty of the French Polynesian landscape and discerning art historical references such as Paul Gauguin’s Tahitian ‘primitive’ paintings.

Tillim has deviated from his background documenting the effects of South Africa’s apartheid, child soldiers, famine, death, and decay. He now provides us with idealistic, romantic views of sprawling landscapes bestrewn with a contemporary human presence contradictory to the environment. Panoramic views and day-to-day minutiae make up this exhibition of six, large-scale photographs.

A book of these photographs titled Second Nature will be published by Prestel.

Tillim was featured in Aperture issue 193.

Break Out the Fringe for Tomorrow’s 1920s-Themed Gala


It was a time of outlaws, bootleggers and speakeasies. But, for our prohibition-themed annual Benefit and Auction tomorrow, it will be a night of jazz music, custom 1920s-era cocktails, and a live and silent auction featuring prints by both established and up-in-coming photographers.

The event, which runs 6 to 10 p.m., will be held at Room 1520, located at 1520 W. Fulton St. in Chicago.

The auction includes works by Penelope Umbrico, Olivo Barbieri, Dawoud Bey, Nick Kline, Lori Nix, Ken Fandell, John Sparagana, John Opera, John Baldessari, Jeremy Hobbs, Jennifer Ray, Sandro, Jan Theun van Rees, Guy Tillim, Dave Jordano, Corinne May Botz, Christian Patterson, Carrie Schneider and Alejandro Cartagena.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

Appropriated Landscapes at The Walther Collection

Grande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique, 2008. © Guy Tillim

Appropriated Landscapes

Exhibition on view:
June 16th, 2011–May 13th, 2012

The Walther Collection:
Reichenauerstrasse 21
89233 Neu-Ulm / Burlafingen
+49 731 1769 143

The Walther Collection’s Appropriated Landscapes is a group exhibition focusing on contemporary landscape photography. The exhibit explores a wide range of issues—including war, colonization, and ideology—and their effects on the Southern African landscape. Appropriated Landscapes attempts to expand the definition of  “landscape” beyond geographical or physical space, by looking at it as a mental and social construct that influences individual and cultural identity. The exhibit features fourteen artists, including three photographers who have been previously published in Aperture: Mitch Epstein, Mikhael Subotzky, and Guy Tillim were featured in issues 168, 188, and 193, respectively.

Prix Pictet photography prize: 12 finalists

Twelve great photographers have been chosen as finalists for the prestigious Prix Pictet award, which focuses this year on the theme of “Growth”. Lens Culture is happy to present an overview of the nominated work in a high-resolution slideshow. The winner will be announced in Paris on Thursday March 17 by HE Kofi Annan.


One of the twelve finalists for Prix Pictet 2011
© Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo, Nominated for The Hell of Copper, 2009

According to the official statement:

“The jury looked for photographic series of the highest artistic merit that also presented a convincing narrative about the critical issues of sustainability and in particular, the theme of Growth. Growth, which lifts countless millions out of poverty, also has a huge and potentially unsustainable environmental cost. It presents one of the great conundrums facing humanity in the early decades of the twenty-first century.”

The shortlisted artists are:

Christian Als (Denmark)
Edward Burtynsky (Canada)
Stéphane Couturier (France)
Mitch Epstein (US)
Chris Jordan (US)
Yeondoo Jung (Korea)
Vera Lutter (Germany)
Nyaba Leon Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso) Taryn Simon (US)
Thomas Struth (Germany)
Guy Tillim (South Africa)
Michael Wolf (Germany)

For more information about this year’s Prix Pictet, see the full article in Lens Culture.

MoCP Makes NewCity’s Top 5 of Everything!

Derma Wand .
As 2010 draws to a close with requisite year-end lists, we’d like to brag a bit: the MoCP exhibition La Frontera made NewCity’s “Top 5 of Everything” in two categories: Curated Exhibitions and Documentary Photography shows! Also, our director Rod Slemmons helped present another Top 5 exhibition, Resilience at the Instituto Cervantes. SEO Denver . Another stellar year!

We hope to see you in early 2011! The MoCP will open in January with two new exhibitions: Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba on January 10 and Kahn and Selesnick: The Apollo Prophecies and Mars Adrift on the Hourglass Sea on January 14.