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Tracing Transformations –Photographic images of landscapes and living environments by Laurenz Berges, Michael Collins and Paola De Pietri

An exhibition by Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur in cooperation with the arists

2 March to 8 July 2018

The exhibition will feature works by three artists of the same generation: Laurenz Berges from Düsseldorf, Michael Collins from London and Paola de Pietri from Reggio Emilia in Italy. Their photographic work focuses on phenomena that reveal gradual changes in landscapes and living environment. And all three have chosen to concentrate on the transformations taking place relatively close to their places of residence, within a maximum radius of 200 km, which gives them the opportunity to study their subjects in depth over a prolonged period of time.
Laurenz Berges
(b. 1966) takes as his subjects random towns, buildings and physical relics dotting the industrial landscape of the Ruhr region, some of them neglected and due for demolition. He pictures moments in which decades of use seem to condense. Michael Collins (b. 1961) spirits us away to a largely unknown, deserted area on the Thames estuary near London – to the Hoo Peninsula, which is marked by both the whims of nature and the built structures of the modern power and brick making industries. Paola De Pietri
(b. 1960) documents in her photos the once-grand farmsteads in the region around Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, now abandoned and in some cases in ruins, as well as the mature stands of trees scattered across the rolling fields. She brings out the individual character of each tree while also cataloguing the various species, highlighting them as staunch sentinels bearing witness to the past.
This exhibition brings together the work of these three artists for the first time. Uniting them all is a talent for closely observing seasonal variances as well as timeless realities, for delving into objective facts and gradual processes of transformation, coupled with a sensibility for the specific aesthetic that arises from these observations. Each photographer in his or her own way, and yet in a related fashion, invites our gaze to linger on the images. The scenes prompt us to critically assess the associations that reverberate within them, and to ask questions regarding the interaction of urbanism and nature, about the importance and appreciation of “unused” terrain recaptured either by nature or by man.

Room 2:
A Look at the Collection – Selected works from Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur’s holdings: Landscape-Transformation-Space

Room 3:
A Look at the Collection: Paul Dobe – Photographic studies of nature and form finding

A comprehensive collection of works by Paul Dobe (1880-1965) including photographs, negatives and additional material such as letters, publications etc. is on permanent loan to Die Photographische Sammlung. Dobe, who was a trained artist, concentrated on the study of nature, flowers and plants. The cloud studies being shown in this presentation have been extensively investigated for the first time.





August Sander Award

A new prize for photography starting in 2018

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Exhibitions On Tour:

August Sander: Das Gesicht der Landschaft – Rheinland und Siebengebirge
Siebengebirgsmuseum, Königswinter
November 30, 2017 – April 29, 2018

Public Guided Tours

Each Sunday at 15 hrs during the exhibition period (in German, please contact us for tours in English)

The education programme is supported by the Society of Patrons of Die Photographische Sammlung.

Opening hours and entrance fee

The exhibition opens daily 14-19hrs, closed on Wednesday

Entrance fee 5,50 € (red. 3,00 €)
Entrance free on the first Monday of each month!