Bernhard Fuchs Autos: A Forensic Realism, A Forensic Melancholy

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“The sadness that overwhelms us, the retardation that paralyzes us, are also a shield—sometimes the last one—against madness” ― Julia Kristeva, Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia


“On my bicycle tours, time and again, I saw passenger cars, buses, and trucks that just stood around. I think my first reaction was to look for the absent owners. Since I hardly ever saw anyone, I stayed alone with the situation, and a relationship with these vehicles began to develop as I would not have expected it. The cars in the landscape had an impact on me, similar to the impact of actors on a stage, and I began to collect their wit and their tragedy.”-Bernhard Fuchs



The tragedy of the automobiles in the book is not the first or the second observation I made when encountering Autos. After considering the typology of the automobile, a subject that would not usually interest me, I began to assess the personality of the cars within the book, their age, and their potential to be read as both historical and as a potential form of personality. Some of the projection of my assessment of reading the cars as individuals comes from an anthropocentric tendency to see inanimate objects in relation not to the world first but to humankind, a philosophically problematic assertion. Secondly, as each auto is different in form and age, I find what is compelling is that the work was made predominantly in the late 90s and the first half of the 2000s. In assessing the form of the vehicles and the country of their association Germany, one cannot help but connect the older cars to the historical moment just over a decade previous. Though I do not find this, or the typology, to be the critical outcome for this discussion, I find it pertinent.


  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Walther Konig, Koln; Bilingual edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 386560112


Referenced: Bernhard Fuchs, Bernhard Fuchs Autos, Brad Feuerhelm, American Suburb X, ASX, Photobook, Walther König, Austrian Photographer, Austrian Artists, Bernd & Hilla Becher, The Dusseldorf School, True Crime & Photography Photography & Forensics, Nick Waplington, Jeffry Silverthorne, Julia Kristeva, Photography & Melancholy


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