The SCREENings Award is looking for fresh portfolios, surprising projects and ambitious young photographers. Heidelberg-based Kehrer Verlag publishing house has already got its eye on new talent, which it supports, accompanies on a long-term basis and builds up. This makes us all the more pleased to welcome Klaus Kehrer to this year’s SCREENings Jury at the UPdate 12 in Berlin.
Before Klaus Kehrer founded his own publishing house in 1995, he graduated in Economics from Mannheim and worked as a designer and producer of art books at various publishers, as well as an organiser and communicator of cultural events. The publishing house specialises in fine arts, culture and photography.
It has been one of the publisher’s aims to produce high quality photo books and exhibition catalogues since the start. The publishing house encompasses photo editors, graphics designers and proof-readers from Kehrer Design, a design and communication office.
All of the development stages of a book under one roof. The final stage is the presentation of the book at the most established book fairs and to the international press and publicity work, all in cooperation with the museum or artist.
The committed publisher comments ‘word has spread amongst young artists and photographers that the Kehrer Verlag publishes exciting books. Our publishing selection often incorporates non-commercial high quality art projects. The publishing house places great importance on the support and publishing of young photographers, which it often accompanies on a long-term basis’.
From bizarre road trips such as Planet Lovigin by Petr Lovigin to the wonderful project 7 Rooms by Rafal Milach, classics such as the retrospective of legendary documentary photographer W. Eugene Smith are also published as books.
Furthermore, Klaus Kehrer also works in close collaboration with galleries. A recent example is an exhibition of works from Cologne photographer Thekla Ehling’s ‘Vergiszmeinnicht’ (Forget Me Not) publication on poetry and gardens at the Robert Morat Gallery in Schauraum Berlin until the 8th of September.
An additional impressive example can be found in Kehrer’s printed book project ‘Illuminance’ by Rinko Kawauchi, who is currently on the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize shortlist alongside Pieter Hugo, John Stezaker and Christopher Williams.
It comes as no great surprise then that the photography books in particular are included in all major book awards and have already won countless awards. Klaus Kehrer supports the European Publishers Award for Photography (EPAP) with other European publishers and won this year’s award for Alessandro Imbriaco’s ‘The Garden’ project. The award was presented a few days ago at the Photo Festival in Arles.
Moreover, exhibition catalogues are also published in collaboration with museums and galleries such as the ‘Saul Leiter’ photo book, which accompanied the large-scale retrospective at Hamburg’s Deichtorhallen or the catalogue for the Grenzen anderer Natur – Zeitgenössische Fotokunst aus Island (other Natural Boundaries – Contemporary Photography from Iceland) exhibition, which presented a wide selection of Icelandic photographers.
In addition to the ‘classic’ photo books the Trouvés also found a place in the publishing programme. Trouvés are hand finished book objects that give contemporary photography an unmistakable face.
They provide a particularly intensive means of exploration of one’s own work: the photographer uses haptic materials to reveal his or her snapshots. Both the unique look and strictly limited editions make Trouvés popular collectors items.
Kehrer Verlag may have been an insider secret for special art and photo books, but is fast becoming an established address amongst international art book publishers with around 90 new titles published on an annual basis.
They opened a showroom in 2010 and have been presenting new publications and editions, as well as hosting publishing events and press conferences there ever since.