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Joachim Brohm

Steidl, 2003
263 pages
Fulll colour photographs
ISBN: 3882438789

Joachim Brohm undertook a photo-urban project of long-term observation. For roughly a decade, from 1992 to 2002, he took photographs of the same location - on the outskirts of a German city - as it was being redeveloped from a 1950s commercial/ industrial district into a gentrified post-industrial services centre and living area. In a meditative return, Brohm cartographically captured the premises, their buildings and materials, and chronologically documented the changes and developments during this period. Brohm's pictorial idiom - characterised by a dissolved centre, layering and compositions referring to the continuation of space beyond the picture's limits - is both documentary and deconstructive. His photographs simultaneously depict and dissolve the outside world, lending the transitory, hovering state of reality and meaning a powerful pictorial form.


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