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Jan 21, 2008

Unless you are familiar with the name “Garzweiler” you won’t know that the locations of Andreas Fragel’s photography are in an area people had to leave so that the whole place could be strip mined for brown coal. Basically they’re destroying the environment twice - first literally and then by burning brown coal, which creates huge amount of carbon dioxide.
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Dec 21, 2007

Hartmut Schwarzbach’s portraits of children living on/near a gigantic garbage dump were awarded third prize in this year’s round of UNICEF Photo of the Year.
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Dec 13, 2007

Norbert Wiesneth’s “OCTROB-INSEL” series might be of interest for anyone eager to see a somewhat “less clean” aesthetic.
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Nov 27, 2007

Found at The Sonic Blog: The work of Nicolai Howalt.
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Nov 26, 2007

For me, Beatrice Minda’s portfolio is a mixed bag. I do like the interiors (“Innenansicht”) quite a bit, whereas some of the other stuff (such as “ephemer”) …
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Nov 22, 2007

Guido Mieth’s website contains quite a bit of nice work. Check out “Silence Stills” and “Satori”.
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Nov 21, 2007

I quite like Brigitte Bauer’s photography (also see this page).
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Nov 14, 2007

Can you guess which link to click on Annett Zinsmeister’s website to see her work? If so, you’ll see some interesting work - part photography, part digital art.
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Nov 8, 2007

Werner Amann’s portfolio contains quite an interesting mix of work.
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Nov 7, 2007

Patricia Neligan’s portfolio contains quite a bit of interesting photography.
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Nov 6, 2007

Found over at The Sonic Blog: Benja Weller’s work.
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Nov 5, 2007

“In October 2002, German photographer Kai-Olaf Hesse initiated Topography of Titanic; an extensive photographic survey of Queens Island sites related to the making of the Titanic; the historic marks, remaining buildings, and suggestive blanks left by rapid demolition and transformation.” (source, with many more photos of the project)
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Nov 3, 2007

Jan Faßbender’s website contains two projects, which I find very interesting, both dealing with how landscapes are changed through human activities: Architektur der Landschaft and Passstraßen (not, that’s not a typo).
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Nov 1, 2007

Ralph Schulz’s photography of theaters/operas - showing the spaces above the stage - is very nice.
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Oct 15, 2007

A large part of Anne Lass’ photography deals with space and its use.
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Sep 21, 2007

Natalie Kriwy often supplements her photos with testimonies by her subjects - using either written notes or audio. Make sure to look through all the projects!
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Sep 12, 2007

Michael Schäfer has spent a lot of time on decoding (if that’s the right word) body language. Check out his Champ series: These poses do strike the viewer as almost ludicrous, but on the other hand, we wouldn’t be surprised to see them in their “proper” context (and then we wouldn’t think they were ludicrous at all).
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Sep 6, 2007

Peter Oehlmann’s photography revolves around the “the documentation of the architectural and environmental transformation of urban and rural areas.” (source) On his own website (German only), you want to look under freie projekte.
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Aug 30, 2007

With Places of no return, Johannes Twielemeier investigates what happens when a whole region is evacuated because of a brown coal surface mine, noting “My pictures show what money can’t buy.”
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Aug 9, 2007

Most photographers aim at preserving perspective, and we often feel uncomfortable about slight deviations. I’ve often wondered why so few people abandon perspective and, instead, try to show the world in a somewhat different way. Ina Weißflog’s digital constructions are such an attempt, which I find very interesting and refreshing.
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Aug 8, 2007

Tatjana Hallbaum’s portfolio contains a whole bunch of different projects, of which I especially like “In-Between” *under “Staged Photography”.
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Aug 6, 2007

After covering the war in former Yugoslavia, German photojournalist Wolfgang Bellwinkel has now changed focus. Don’t miss The Global City Project III. (updated entry)
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Aug 2, 2007

It’s interesting to see how Joachim Brohm’s photography has many similarities with the work of, say, Stephen Shore or Joel Sternfeld and is quite different from what many people think of as “German” photography. (updated entry)
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Jul 26, 2007

Christian Güssow’s series Leidenschaft [passion] portrays athletes during and briefly after training.
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Jul 20, 2007

“In the piece ‘Still Life’ I am trying to arrange objects from the food industry and create relationships between them. […] The conceptual framework - packaged food from the supermarket - displays a part of our visual environment. This is very interesting to me because the original food has already been processed, formed, and designed. Composing these objects by visual criteria often results in a comedic effect that is rather provoked than consciously planned.” - Heiko Rintelen (also see this page and this page)
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Jul 12, 2007

Christiane Feser’s Frauen shows women the way we are used to see them in magazines or in ads - namely heavily airbrushed - but out of the context of those magazines or ads. The effect is quite startling. Unfortunately, the website is German language only, but most of the portfolios are pretty obvious without the text.
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Jul 2, 2007

Astrid Korntheuer studies the photography of vegetation. It’s quite interesting how the results, which require a bit more than just a casual glance, have a lot of depth.
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Jun 11, 2007

Another great find by Mrs Deane: Georg Parthen’s works, with the excellent Multiplex series. You really need to show these movie theaters the way Georg does to realize how gaudy and entirely lacking any kind of atmosphere those places really are.
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Jun 7, 2007

Wolfram Hahn’s photos of children watching TV (compare Colin Pantall’s work) shows the effect TV has - especially on children - quite strongly.
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May 17, 2007

Timo Burgmeier studied architecture before becoming a photographer. His photography consequently studies architecture or, in this case, what he calls “fake” architecture: Buildings built out of their original context (often in the new context of entertainment), such as the German looking village above, built in South Korea. See more of his work here.
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May 4, 2007

“For the last 25 years Joachim Schmid has challenged the traditional and prevailing idea of ‘art photography’. Instead, he has championed the importance of photographs that are produced and seen everyday; ranging from passport photos, to high street studio portraits, ID cards and, more recently, the Internet.” (this quote found on his site) Two reviews, covering the full range of appreciation of his work: one, two.
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Apr 18, 2007

The organization of Olaf Unverzart’s website is a bit unusual, but there’s some good stuff to be found (not sure I managed to look at everything, though, it’s easy to miss some of the folders).
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Apr 11, 2007

Lars Bober’s series Verödete Landschaften [deserted landscapes] shows Germany’s Mezzogiorno, the East German states, which to a large extent are frozen in disrepair, with large parts literally deserted by its former inhabitants who went West to look for work.
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Apr 10, 2007

Sebastian van den Akker’s photography is mostly staged. I can’t make my mind up as far as “Dished up” is concerned, I think the basic idea is quite good, but I’m not sure about the final result. The other series are more compelling.
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Apr 9, 2007

Through Mrs Deane comes Tim Meier, who has devoted a whole blog to photos of parking garages/lots.
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Apr 5, 2007

Andreas Kohler specializes in portraiture, and especially “Alabasterkörper” contains quite a few excellent portraits.
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Apr 3, 2007

It’s too bad Markus Neis’ website doesn’t provide English descriptions of the projects. “Folgelandschaften” is quite an interesting project, whose four sets show landscapes altered by humans, namely the former battlefields of Verdun, the area of the Allied invasion in Northern France, rubble heaps in Germany, and the former inter-German border. The basic question then is how does this knowledge change our perception of the landscape?
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Mar 16, 2007

I find Simon Gallus’ award-winning series “Heiliger Boden” (“Holy Ground”) quite nice. See the same photos, but presented a bit better here (images 8 thru 12).
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Mar 10, 2007

On the occasion of a major retrospective at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, German art magazine Art features a long article about Andreas Gursky, available for download as a pdf file. Needless to say, it’s in German, but it’s well worth the download because of the fine selection of his latest, utterly impressive photography.
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Mar 7, 2007

Christoph Engel’s portfolio contains some very nice photos, even though it’s a bit uneven. In any case, he presents a somewhat chilling view of modernity in Europe.
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Mar 1, 2007

For her work, Ute Behrend uses diptychs, often achieving a somewhat startling effect (even though I sometimes didn’t quite know what I was startled about).
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Feb 22, 2007

The interesting thing about Daniel Gustav Cramer’s trilogy of images is that while the basic idea is very simple, the photos work very, very well.
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Feb 16, 2007

Unfortunately, David Steets’ work is a bit hard to find on the web. Images from his series “Tschernobyl – Living in the nuclear age” can be found here. Actually, as someone just emailed me, he does have his own website.
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Feb 15, 2007

Most of the beautiful images in Bianca Gutberlet serve to illustrate serious subject matters, such as homelessness in Paris in “Paname”.
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Jan 14, 2007

“Karin Apollonia Müller was born in Heidelberg in 1963, and grew up as the daughter of a sea captain.” Elsewhere, it says about her that she “grew up on a Rhine river barge. Her father, the captain, built her a swing and she remembers swinging high above the boat, flying and floating above the landscape. This experience, of being in a place out of a place, is echoed in her work.”
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Dec 21, 2006

Parking looked never as appealing as in Carsten Meier’s photography (but then all his parking lots are empty).
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Nov 30, 2006

Michael Schwarzer’s portfolio contains quite a few interesting projects (don’t miss “Garde und Mariechen”).
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Nov 27, 2006

Olaf Otto Becker’s photography from Iceland (“Unter dem Licht des Nordens”) is really quite exquisite.
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Nov 24, 2006

Anja Jensen’s work explores our notions of “security” (and our perceived lack of it).
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Nov 6, 2006

Andreas Gefeller’s website is (still) only in German (even though he is now internationally represented). Apart from documenting Gran Canaria, he has spent the past few years creating digitally composed aerial views of spaces and places. (updated entry)
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