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Oct 13, 2006

I first linked to Frank Rothe’s work after I saw his Germans guns series. He has since expanded his website. Make sure to check out “Running through the wind”. (updated entry)
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Oct 12, 2006

Marc Volk’s photography is pretty experimental, exploring (sometimes literally!) the edges of photography. See this page for some information in English.
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Oct 6, 2006

The interesting thing about Juliane Eirich’s photography is her frequent use of night-time photography, often combined with a panoramic format. Unlike many other night-time photographers, she doesn’t go for overly gimmicky scenes. See, for example, her “Night in Bavaria”, where she even shot a bunch of trees - with no extra light.
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Oct 5, 2006

Michael Reisch’s views of architecture and landscapes show a clear influence of the Düsseldorf school.
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Sep 27, 2006

Frank Herfort’s website got updated since I first linked to it - what an improvement!
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Sep 25, 2006

There are lots of interesting sets of landscapes in Thomas Wrede’s portfolio. (updated post)
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Sep 20, 2006

Apart from the subject matters, Andreas Weinand isn’t your stereotypical German photographer - which only goes to show that the cliché in “German photography” is not the photography, but the thinking about it as a style of photography.
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Sep 20, 2006

Thomas Weinberger’s eerie photos were taken with a large-format camera, exposing the film for longer periods twice (once during the day, once at night).
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Sep 19, 2006

Gosbert Gottmann digitally manipulates photos to produce quite interesting imagery.
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Sep 6, 2006

German editorial photographer Sibylle Fendt has covered quite a few interesting subject matters.
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Sep 1, 2006

Many of Katlen Hewel’s photos were done using projections onto people’s bodies. The Superheroes might be most convincing - as a whole I think the idea is certainly interesting (and I’m saying that in kind of a Mr Spock way).
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Aug 31, 2006

Joachim Schulz engages in mostly very minimalist, yet quite iteresting photography. See some more work (incl. some texts) here.
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Aug 17, 2006

In an age of endless Photoshop gimmickry with its often oversharpened images Joerg Maxzin’s work shows that blurriness can be quite beautiful, the fascination arising from something Hollywood directors used masterfully in the past: That which you don’t see (clearly) can still have quite an impact on you. It seems an English version of Joerg Maxzin’s page is still under construction, you can find his work under arbeiten, and you can also find some examples here.
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Aug 14, 2006

I have the feeling that Stefan Heyne’s photography will leave many viewers somewhat puzzled. Those interested in some background might want to check out this page.
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Aug 2, 2006

Etta Gerdes’ photography is exploring landscapes and the landscape architecture.
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Jul 31, 2006

Claudia Grassl’s photography is a nice mix of stuff that’s quite popular these days.
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Jul 24, 2006

“In his pictures, Ingar Krauss […] traces the secrets of childhood on the threshold to adulthood.” See more samples here. Also see the new feature at lensculture.
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Jul 13, 2006

Albrecht Tübke mostly specializes in portraiture, even though his “Dalliendorf” project (which I like quite a bit) also features landscapes and still lifes.
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Jul 5, 2006

Simon Koy’s most interesting photography can be found under “Projekte”.
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Jul 3, 2006

Michael Neuhaus’s photography of life in the German Ruhr region probably does not comply with stereotypes of what Germany must be like. Or maybe it does?
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Jun 23, 2006

Peter Liedtke’s portfolio is a treasure trove for people interested in industrial and/or night-time photography, most of them centered on the “Ruhrgebiet” - one of Germany’s largest industrial areas. Some of the projects can also be viewed here (but note, that page is German language only). (updated entry)
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Jun 23, 2006

Michael Kerstgens’ portfolio contains a whole set of very nice projects. The one that impressed me the most contains portraits of mentally challenged people.
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Jun 21, 2006

Claudia Thoelen has been covering topics that many people will be somewhat uncomfortable with, such as Alzheimer’s Disease or the interiors of hospitals.
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Jun 17, 2006

Check out Hubertus Hamm’s website. There are some very nice portraits, and don’t miss the photos from Munich’s new soccer stadium, which you might have seen on TV recently.
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Jun 17, 2006

Normally, I wouldn’t bother to link to a site that’s as badly marred by misuse of “Flash” as Stephan Zirwes’, but since I really like his aerial photography, I’ll have to make an exception.
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May 31, 2006

Christoph Martin Schmid’s project ‘Trouble in Paradise’ is “a portrait of post modern civilization in the face of greed, ambition and paranoia.” Hmmm, OK. You can also find the photos here.
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May 24, 2006

I know mine is a minority opinion, but I’ve always found Loretta Lux’s work a bit too kitschy. Those interested in seeing more (of basically the same) can check out Yossi Milo Gallery (“In her new series, Loretta Lux creates scenarios of isolation and distance that occur in an ambiguous time and space, with a focus on the interaction between characters and the suggestion of narrative.” - hmmm, really?). (updated entry)
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May 18, 2006

Henning Rogge is a young German photographer whose work deals with what we do in our private lives to amuse ourselves, especially when looking at landscapes. Unfortunately, his website doesn’t appear to have any English text. (updated entry)
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Mar 28, 2006

Marcella Müller’s landscape photography are vast and empty. See more examples here and here.
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Mar 18, 2006

Katharina Mouratidi’s photography shows a socially very active photographer who is not afraid of tough topics. About her breast cancer series, she writes that “all the photographs were taken in close co-operation with the women portrayed. My intention was to photograph them as they wanted to present themselves in front of the camera and in public. There were no special rules to observe in the studio; the participants only had the responsibility to pose according to their own interpretations and in the way they would like to be represented, as women in our society affected by breast cancer.”
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Mar 9, 2006

Matthias Koch takes his photos from a height of about 35 meters (about 100 feet). The results are quite interesting, in that the view is not the one we’re used to, but it’s also not quite yet aerial.
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Mar 7, 2006

Thies Rätzke’s portfolio contains a bunch of very impressive documentary series, some of which are downloadable as pdf files.
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Feb 22, 2006

Florian Maier-Aichen plays with people’s ideas that photography is very purely documenting reality by manipulating his photos just a little bit. You’ll have to look carefully to see what is going on. See more examples here and here.
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Feb 16, 2006

Bernhard Edmaier’s aerial photography shows our planet as fascinating abstractions. If you compare his photos with David Maisel’s you’re in for a bit of a surprise: David Maisel’s polluted landscapes don’t look all that different from Bernhard Edmaier pristine ones.
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Feb 10, 2006

Robert Knoth (bio) has extensively covered the aftermaths of nuclear desasters in Russia. His amazing photography from Mayak can be found here and here.
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Feb 7, 2006

Unfortunately, Sylvia Ballhause’s website contains only German text. If you don’t speak German, you might want to look at it anyway. For example, Kinos in Deutschland shows German movie theaters; the variety is quite interesting. For the cinemas, also see this page. (updated entry)
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Feb 3, 2006

In “New Tales For An Accelerated Culture”, Patrick Strattner re-visits the Generation-X idea. Also see this sleek presentation.
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Jan 31, 2006

For his series about dancers (“Auf schneller Sohle”), Maximilian Haferkamp covered the whole spectrum of dancing. More samples (large ones!) from that series here.
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Jan 16, 2006

Marion Üdema’s website showcases her many cool projects - incl. the re-creations of erotic self-portraits done by amateurs to meet partners using ads.
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Jan 13, 2006

Heidi Specker explores shapes and materials of contemporary architecture, partly in their relation to actual bits of nature.
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Jan 13, 2006

“Frank Breuer’s photographs document industrial buildings on the edge of desolate city or highway landscapes. Like abstract fortresses, these gigantic metal structures are located in a timeless space, divulging nothing of their actual function.” (from a source that has since its first quoting disappeared from the net) See some more images here
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Jan 5, 2006

Angelika Rinnhofer is another commercial photographer whose fine-art work is well worth the visit. I’ve always wanted somebody to do photographic portraits in the style of old paintings - even if they’re “just” re-creations of old paintings.
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Dec 19, 2005

It’s really not all that obvious any longer whether Christine Erhard’s work is photography or not. I think this is what makes it all the more interesting - even though I’m sure all the purists will vehemently disagree with me. In any case, if I understand this page correctly, Christine Erhard assembles architectural dioramas (if I may call them that) and she then takes photos of those.
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Dec 14, 2005

“Beate Gütschow explores the tradition of the pastoral idyll by photographic means. It is not from pen-and-ink sketches, but from twenty or thirty photographs taken by the artist when she is out walking that she generates on the computer each composite image of a seemingly coherent landscape.” (source)
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Dec 5, 2005

Christian Wolter is a student of Peter Bialobrzeski. His series Blühende Landschaften (“flourishing landscapes”) shows “postindustrial” decay in East Germany. “Blühende Landschaften” was what former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl had promised (and later not delivered). Parts of Kohl’s failed economic policies still bog down the German economy to this day.
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Nov 27, 2005

Unfortunately, Ben Plefka’s website only appears to contain German texts for the different series. They’re all conceptual, dealing with aspects of our modern lives, and Lebensraum, shot in China, won the Epson Art Photo Award 2005.
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Nov 27, 2005

Julian Faulhaber just won the 2005 Epson Art Photo Award 2005.
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Nov 25, 2005

Andrea Borowski has a fine eye for the mundane. Don’t miss “Trainingseinheit”.
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Nov 14, 2005

The portfolio of Anne Kathrin Greiner contains quite a few interesting projects. Note her excellent use of lighting, especially low light or night-time light, in some of those photos. A German Grundschule (elementary school) never looked this creepy.
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Nov 1, 2005

Peter Bialobrzeski’s most recent project is called “Heimat” (see images here and here). “Heimat” is one of those almost untranslatable German words, because apart from what it literally means (“home”) it contains a vast set of additional connotations. A translation would then be more like a description, something along the lines of “a place or region that somebody calls his/her home and that holds deep emotional ties and historical myths alike” (and this “translation” probably misses something, too). On the one hand, I see Bialobrzeski’s “Heimat” as one of the many different attempts currently made in Germany, by Germans, to get to a more normal relationship with their own country. On the other hand, the whole concept of “Heimat” is so ultra-conservative, so inflexible, that I am not sure whether a modern Germany needs any kind of “Heimat” revival. In any case, non-Germans will probably be somewhat baffled about the vast “Heimat” landscapes, not to mention the idea that there supposedly is so much behind it. Bialobrzeski’s earlier projects include Megacities and XXXholy.
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