Joachim Brohm has received much acclaim for his current ‘Color’ exhibition and we just can’t help but join in with our own praise. The title itself represents everything Brohm stands for: he was one of the first German photographers to discover the magic of colour photography in the late 1970s. And he stuck with it.
The photo artist’s work deals with the transition of natural and culture landscapes and the objects he focuses his imagery on often appear to be stranded. His approach is fascinating: he works with objects as subjects, yet they come across as close and personal. On the other hand, his photographs of people feel awkward and distanced, not as personal as those of the objects.
His photographs are colourful, but never gaudy, his use of colour is matt and usually unsaturated. His images of the everyday seem to be trapped between past and present, a series of outer areas in German, France, Portugal, the USA and Japan.
The exhibition presents a body of work dating from the early 1980s, including Ruhr (1982-1983), Ohio (1983-1984), Areal (1992-2002) and Culatra (2008-2010). Previously unpublished works will are also on show.
Joachim Brohm was born in 1955 in Niederrhein, Germany and studied at Essen University/Folkwangschule, as well as at Ohio State University with Allan Sekula. He has been a photography professor at the Leipzig Academny of Garphics and Book Art since 1993 and was appointed the academy’s rector in 2003.
His signature landscape images are on show at SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne until the 12th of December.
Joachim Brohm – Color
SK Stiftung Kultur
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