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24.06.2009

 

Bernheimer Fine Art Photography, Munich : Landscapes - photos by Sebastian Copeland, Mat Hennek, Andréas Lang & Martin Pudenz

This summer, the Bernheimer Fine Art Gallery, Munich presents four contemporary takes on Landscape. The selection of photographers represents the variety of new landscape photography – the artists’ ways of tackling the subject is just as different as their technical realisation of the motifs.

Sebastian Copeland’s Inkjet Archival Prints were realised during three trips: in the Antarctic in 2006 and 2007, as well as the Arctic in 2008. The blue saturated colour exposures present the breathtaking beauty of this extreme landscape, which is dismissive and fragile, untouched and endangered at the same time. Sebastian Copeland prefers using filming material, and primarily employed a 35-millimeter digital camera without a colour screen.

Mat Hennek’s works of skilfully composed patterns and structures of the alpine glacier regions, as well as the “soul landscape” of the forest, are taken with an analogue camera in medium and large format. Without any retouching, the images are printed on copperplate paper as digital archival pigment prints – conferring an extraordinarily fine grained aesthetic to the photographs.

Andréas Lang is preoccupied by „inner landscapes“: The series “Éclipse” was photographed after intensive research and precise preparation on journeys through Egypt, Israel and Palestine, Syria and Turkey. It documents places and landscapes of early Christianity and of the crusades. The results are atmospheric low-key photographs in the spirit of Romantic painting, whose mystic pictorial world unites the aesthetic of the late 19th century with contemporary photography. The handcrafted photographs, taken with an analogue camera, have not been subject to a single drop of post production.

Martin Pudenz’s landscape photographs seem almost impressionist in their rich colour schemes – depicting nature in its grand, archaic beauty. The works, realised in Germany, Scotland and the South West of the USA, were created with the historic bromoil printing process, which the artist has perfected over the course of some decades.

This photographic process of positive printing was invented by Welbourne Piper in 1907 and works by extracting the silver from an exposed silver bromide print through chemical baths. Afterwards, the remaining gelatine relief is dyed by means of barrels, until the original motif – changed through manual colour application – appears again. Hence each photographic print becomes a one off.

Despite their diversity, the works of these four artists share a common theme: They depict a seemingly uninhabited nature, free from human beings.

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