Hans-Christian Schink’s Slowness as Method in Hinterland

"Slowness as an idea is to suggest something still in the photographic image. If not still, it suggests something tectonic or glacial in pace"   Slowness in photographic terms reflects an indebtedness to a few varying factors. One is of course technical. Large cameras take by comparison a very long time to set up and [...]

A Texture Akin to Language: Alan Huck Revisits Michael Schmidt’s Waffenruhe

  “The fridge was loud, but outside it was quiet, much quieter.”     There is a literal wall of language separating the two halves of Michael Schmidt’s landmark photobook Waffenruhe (published in 1987 and reprinted in 2018), a visually sprawling text that spans seventeen pages at the center of the book. Despite the text’s […]

Kominek Books: Support Photography Book Shops #4

“I had a calming moment and I started to nurture my love for cinema. So I guess for me to play the long game was to end up making cinema, starting by photography, then making music and so on. Cinema is the unification of all arts”     BF: Michael Kominek-artist, publisher, gallerist, book seller-what […]

Bildband Berlin: Support Photography Bookshops #3

  “I’d been playing drums in a few bands, Th’ Faith Healers and Stereolab among others, and between tours and photo jobs I’d take off on photo projects of my own, often to Berlin. Eventually I got a place in Berlin, because I realised it had a lot of what London was losing, it’s a […]

Land’s End: Trauma is a Strange Attractor

“We are on occasion reminded on occasion of a great plague pit, its underground presence rewarded with a blue plaque to signify its existence as both a terrible debacle in our local history and yet it tellingly reminds us of the foreboding possibility for futures yet unspoken”   Trauma is a strange attractor. Just as […]

Udo Hesse: Tagesvisum Ost-Berlin

“The moat as it were, was governed by armament and barbed wire with an intervening hinterland of desolate stretch impolitely, if realistically referred to as the Death Strip. You can consider the Death Strip as an evaporated moat in which many escapees gave their lives fleeing the reverse castle. The reverse castle in real terms, […]

A Conversation with Tim Carpenter

“Maybe just to plant a stake in the ground, I’d also say that topics are not necessary. Which doesn’t at all mean that one can’t have one; just that one needn’t”.     This conversation took place over a year of emailing and should be read as informal. The intention was to talk about Tim’s […]

Benjamin Pfau: Isthmus, A Nocturnal Biopic

  “So, why do you go to Bangkok if you are under 50, able-dicked and not looking to run an anti-biotics course every Monday morning? You float, you drift and you embed yourself in loose associations that prohibit direct and long-term commitment to form, but rather situate the time spent in a separate category that […]

Walter Keller: Beruf: Verleger. A Tribute

“So, when we consider respect in the medium, we can limit our discussion by looking at who is contributing to our world and who is not. Publishers by and large are the unsung heroes of the day”.     A friend of mine recently commented on the lack of risk-taking in publishing. I took some […]

Ute and Werner Mahler: Kleinstadt Keep and Kin

“Main street includes, if followed at length, an exit to a highway or the autobahn. The community center and church are the gathering points in which social conditioning and inclusion or exclusion become modes of continuity for the community”.

Space, Furrowed with Abysses: Michael Ashkin’s Horizont

“The modern city engenders various pathologies, among them agoraphobia and claustrophobia – the one an intense anxiety felt in open spaces, the other, a panic brought about by confinement. Horizont channels both of these aberrations.”