Laboratory mice make us a gift of their lives. For our lives. The mouse was the second living organism after humans whose genome was sequenced completely. Photographer couple Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch create a monument to these little heroes and return to them their individuality and personality. In their artistic approach their photographs of these ‘human mice’ are imbued with a universal significance. They reflect nothing less but the dignity of living creatures and our respect for them.
As we resemble each other so closely, mice are now our stand-ins at the forefront of research. Every day, in the world’s laboratories, legions of mice are produced and used as an anonymous mass of animal matter. Can this be morally justified – or could it even be an ethic necessity? The knowledge gained for humans is certainly immense and often vital.
HEIDI & HANS-JÜRGEN KOCH started out on their joint expedition into the world of photography some 25 years ago. Heidi, the graduate social worker, and Hans-Jürgen, the behavioral scientist, chose animals as their photographic theme. The countless publications in the most prestigious magazines around the globe testify to their passion and professional work. “What’s so special about the Kochs is that that they intuitively discover what others do not see,” this is how Wolfgang Behnken, the legendary Art Director of stern magazine describes the couple.
They have been awarded many prizes for their unique way to view the world and the wide range of photographic works: Art Directors Club Germany and Europe, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Lead Award, Hansel-Mieth-Prize, German Prize for ScientificPhotography, as well as the World Press Photo Award, Alfred Fried Photography Award, World Press Photo, as well as the Dr.-Erich-Salomon-Preis.
Exhibition THANK YOU, MOUSE!
8.March thru 24 May, 2020
Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum (Benrather Str. 32a , Hilden)
THANK YOU, MOUSE! Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch
24 × 30 cm , 96 pages, 49 photos
German, English, hardcover, bound in linen
French fold jacket
ISBN 978-3-903101-18-0 , EUR 39.90