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Neil Young: «… with a supermoon in my eye …»

16 Nov

«Supermoon» by Andreas Baier
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I was lyin’ in a burnt out basement

With a supermoon in my eye

I was hopin’ for a replacement

When the sun burst through the sky

There was a band playin’ in my head

And I felt like getting high

Thinkin’ about what a friend had said, I was hopin’ it was a lie

Thinkin’ about what a friend had said, I was hopin’ it was a lie


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National Geographic: Andreas Baier’s «Living Room Lion» published in «Strange Terrains» Story

13 Nov

«Living Room Lion» by Andreas Baier
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Once again National Geographic published a photograph taken by our staff-photographer Andreas Baier. The image is entitled «Living Room Lion»; and is in use for the «Strange Terrains» story. The National Geographic Photographer Renan Ozturk, as a picture editor in charge for this assignment, wrote about this shot: «This is one of the most wildly bizarre and creative interpretations of the strange terrains assignment. Horrifying, fascinating and pink. Great depth and framing with beautiful angles of the walls as well a clear subject with the lion.» From a submission pool of 7.000+ images 23 photographs have been chosen for the final story which has been freshly pressed.

Previously published photographs by Andreas Baier on National Geographic’s online plattform:
1.) «Mother & Child» Story: A Child Will Be Born.
2.) «Undiscovered» Story: Bathtub Breakfast.

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Sustainability: «Urban Gardening»

19 Oct

Photograph by our staff-photographer Andreas Baier
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There is nothing more important than urban gardening these days. The colder it gets outside the warmer we have to make it inside ourselves. Here, we see a group of masters practicing urban gardening; producing even their own croissants only by the power of good will and imagination. It is fantastic to become a witness of how sustainability does its magic work in the brains of mankind. Without doubt: the grand transformation is underway.

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Neil Armstrong: «Chop With Boot Print»

16 Oct

Photo by our staff-photographer Andreas Baier
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No matter if we feed ourselves with or without meat; no matter if we eat bread or not; whatever we eat and no matter if it’s organic or not – we are all supposed to pay our food the amount of respect it deserves. However, we live in a time where day by day millions of tons of food will be thrown away all over the world. And this mainly for profit reasons only. We simply have to stop this: «That’s just one small step for each indivudual, but one giant leap for mankind».

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Art|Basel|2016: «Dan Holdsworth’s ‹Continuous Topography› series presented in Audemars Piguet’s ‹Ice Cycle Lounge› created by Sebastian Errazuriz»

28 Jun

All photographs by Andreas Baier
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When visiting one of Art|Basel’s most adorable places, the «Collectors Lounge» on 2nd Floor, it is very hard to ignore Audemars Piguet’s shiny and gleamy «Ice Cycle Lounge», the homebase of Switzerland’s oldest watchmaking company on world’s best art fair. The object in the spot of this photograph is the «ice tank», composed of illuminated acrylic rods which will flash to mimic the regular rhythm of a heartbeat – and has been designed by Sebastian Errazuriz who is, by the way, responsible for the booth’s complete design.

Short before the press conference is about to start the journalists celebrate a relaxed form of open queueing in a professional manner – ça veut dire that they pretend being interested in something else.

In the background there is one piece from Dan Holdsworth’s ‹Continuous Topography› series to be seen. Later, during the press conference, we will learn that Holdsworth’s pictures are the result of a mixture between analogously manufactured photographs and digital imaging. The artist says that everything is a matter of precision.

And that fits perfectly to skill #1 when it comes to watchmaking: precision. As a visitor of Audemars Piguet’s booth you can also gain a deep insight into the richness of detailed work that needs to be done when creating or repairing watches with mechanical clockworks:

It’s a bit of a surprise but all journalists made it to their seats unfrozen.

Audemas Piguet’s CEO, François-Henry Bennahmias, introduces the design of the «Ice Cycle Lounge» and it’s creator, Sebastian Errazuriz, to the audience.

The artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz explains the way he works. He calls himself «a prodigious and obsessive workaholic». Or, according to Henry Ford’s most famous quote: «Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.» About his creation for Audemars Piguet specifically he announces: «I was humbled by the craftsmanship and ingenuity of the Audemars Piguet watchmakers in Le Brassus. the work they have been doing for almost two centuries is so incredible that any creative person who visits their installations will feel inspired to hold themselves to a higher standard of gravitas, beauty, and precision. the new lounge will hopefully become an experience for its visitors, managing to steal their attention and offering them a space to take a moment to think about time.»

According to his website: «Sebastian’s work has been featured in multiple magazine covers and portrayed in thousands press articles by the specialized art and design media. He has also received critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, Art+Auction. In addition, his work has been featured in mainstream TV in BBC, CNN, ABC, and NY1. Multiple books and catalogues feature his projects and his first monograph The Journey of Sebastian Errazuriz was published and distributed internationally by Gestalten in 2012.»

The artist Dan Holdsworth’s explains that his photographs deal with the phenomenology of technology, place, and consciousness, and are reflective of his profound engagement with photographic history. Holdsworth’s scenes are shot on site at exotic locations around the world, chosen for their pre-historic, futuristic, or metaphysical resonance. According to Patricia Low’s website «it takes up to one year to produce, the otherworldly effects of his landscapes are achieved through both analogue and digital processes; his images never falsify information, but rather enhance the invisible ‹truths› that are normally imperceptible to the human eye but can be visually evidenced on film. Holdsworth’s work has been featured at museums such as Tate, Photomuseum Winterthur, and the Pompidou Centre.»

Monsieur François-Henry Bennahmias cannot help but stating that «the awe-inspiring detail with which Holdsworth’s images are created echoes the precision and accuracy at the heart of Audemars Piguet’s watchmaking.»

Jasmine Audemars, the VR-President of Audemars Piguet, states that «Dan’s work portrays the Vallée de Joux in the Jura Mountains, the watchmaking company’s home, in all its glory and perfectly embodies Audemars Piguet’s philosophy: ‹to break the rules, you must first master them›» She continues that «each of Holdsworth’s works reveals millions of minutely calibrated measurements, showing the surfaces of the Vallée de Joux.».

She also says that «bridging the worlds of science and art, each image is created with the latest photogrammetry and geomapping technologies. It is the result of weeks of meticulous fieldwork in conjunction with a research geologist, amassing hundreds of photographic images. Through a specially configured computer programme correlating these images to GPS coordinates, Holdsworth has created astonishing three-dimensional models of the landscape, which offer us a new form of what he calls ‹future archeology›».

François-Henry Bennahmias and Sebastian Errazuriz.

A soundproof room serving as a private vault is enveloped with custom-designed panels illustrating icicles, stalactites, and stalagmites and feature a series of timepieces on display. At this place you can hear the mechanically ticking clockworks as if they were directly implanted into you ears. This will definitively help to make plastic surgeons jobless. More about this amazing «Ice Cycle Lounge» on designboom.

More about Dan Holdsworth’s work on Audemars Piguet’s website.

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Art|Basel|2016: «An Incredible Evening With Douglas Gordon And Hans Ulrich Obrist At Fondation Beyeler»

26 Jun

All photographs by our staff photographer Andreas Baier
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Please note:
In order to honour this great event at its utmost deserved way and to give our readers a referable idea what it was all about; and how this amazing happening took place; the following description has been originally written in German and was sent through translation row afterwards: Step 1 – French; step 2 – Italian; step 3 – Swedish; step 4 – Chinese (Traditional); step 5 – English. Should you wish to find out the real meaning of the lines below you might like to decode by re-translating them backwards. We used this translation pool. We are pretty far from sure if this will work but we are more than happy to wish you good luck!

View out of the window at Fondation Beyeler

What a beautiful «Art dialogue» of the Foundation Beyeler. Hans Ulrich Obrist directly from London, due to the associated traffic problems, too late, which is why the artist Douglas Gordon invited replace public bath on the podium and make their short-term social seemingly absurd dialogue.

Selbstgeimkerten he took a cup of honey, let it go through the audience, is aufdaß all its costs time. When the challenge audience – originally scheduled for the end of the evening was not observed in all cases – beginning of the problem, rather than as usual, at the end of the event. The basic feeling dadaeske seems even now, by the public, because the first question is that you can easily have a response from Douglas Gordon ironic, but came back. «I’m the best political bees?» «No, bees can not pull so easily.» And before the audience has been able to explain what this sentence misunderstanding we finally managed to find a way to overcome hatred. Violence then laughed, not to mention the name, word and gesture of bad habits – like some other artists – turning Nazi greeting into absurdity good movie!

And now, simulation based on the social networking pioneer: tattoos. Old «show who you are – and wear» memory shirt. In this context, long no longer apply. This is quite uncomfortable to use and a «slap in the face» registry is now completed by a qualified tatto studios: personal conviction, a special word of perseverance or sometimes just a shopping list will be clearly visible and indelible stripes. When the surface of the skin, Douglas Gordon, which means «do so forever

Hans Ulrich Obrist is now entering the building; and the stadium. Soon after, he threw himself in a variety of content including: white – Hongjian control. In line with the rest of the event. Eventually, Douglas Gordon, turn the bottle choose to invite the audience on the stage, talk to them and ask them to sing their favorite button. The rest of the crowd joined in, which is a more spontaneous and whistling chord Summkonzert. Reward knowledge: Flaschendrehen seem to international practice.

Last, but not all of the participants in the photo, said the custom client. Great cinema!

Sam Keller, the director of Fondation Beyeler, introduces the audience right in the center of a quite bloody projection by the artist Douglas Gordon.

Douglas Gordon gets his mike right.

Since Hans Ulrich Obrist still sticks in a traffic jam at the airport Douglas Gordon invites Sam Keller to share some absurd thoughts with the public.

Douglas Gordon’s credo: «do so forever»

Hans Ulrich Obrist arrives.

Our staff-photographer loves photographs from people standing right in the projection light of a beamer.

Our staff-artist loves to create artistic portraits based on real photographs.

With the help of this little bottle friend Douglas Gordon convinces selected members of the audience to enter the stage.

A perfect performance by «The Mothers’ Whistlers».

Also the sound of a popping bottle cork is part of the sound collage, which is caught by Douglas Gordon and Jonas Mekas.

Hans Ulrich Obrist is documenting the performance.

A group shot of all members of the audience …

… conducted by the artist Douglas Gordon.

Real happiness has many faces.

The Fondation Beyeler also offers perfect conditions as a daylight studio for photography as well. Here: Sam Keller, director of Fondation Beyeler, and Jonas Mekas, the «godfather of American avant-garde cinema».

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«Café de Flore» vu par Andreas Baière

31 Jan

A made to measure paper blanket by the famous French artist
Sempé that he created exclusively for the Café de Flore à Paris

Photography by Andreas Baière
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According to Wikipedia the «Café de Flore» was opened in the 1880s, during the French Third Republic. The name is taken from a sculpture of Flora, the goddess of flowers and the season of spring in Roman mythology, located on the opposite side of the boulevard.

In the late 19th century, Charles Maurras wrote his book «Au signe de Flore» on the café’s first floor, where in 1899 the «Revue d’Action Française» was also founded. «Café de Flore» became a popular hub of famous writers and philosophers: Georges Bataille, Robert Desnos, Léon-Paul Fargue, Raymond Queneau, Albert Camus were all regulars, and so were Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Boris Vian, Guillaume Apollinaire and Jean Cocteau.. Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai was known to be a frequent patron of «Café de Flore» during his years in France in the 1920s. The classic Art Deco interior of all red seating, mahogany and mirrors has changed little since World War II.

Like its main rival, «Les Deux Magots», it has hosted most of the French intellectuals during the post-war years. In his essay «A Tale of Two Cafes» and his book Paris to the Moon, American writer Adam Gopnik mused over the possible explanations of why the Flore had become, by the late 1990s, much more fashionable and popular than «Les Deux Magots», despite the fact that the latter café was associated with Jean-Paul Sartre et Simone de Beauvoir who both held their press conference in 1964 in order to announce their rejection of the «Nobel Prize in Literature».

The «Prix de Flore», a literary prize inaugurated by Frédéric Beigbeder in 1994, is awarded annually at the «Café de Flore».

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Art or Visitors

28 Oct

Visitors on Art|2015|Basel
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Photo by our staff photographer Andreas Baier

It happens more often than you might think: harmless visitors of art fairs were recognised to be expensive art works; here in this case supposedly created by Fernando Botero. The unpleasant consequences: the victims will spent their time as long in custody until they will have paid their duty. For these three fellows an unsolvable problem; and it seems that the Swiss authorities are not willing to discuss this delicate matter any further until the responsible art dealer’s identity to whom ownership can be declared has been brought to the authorities’ attention.

Contrarily to this, the new German «Kulturschutzgesetz» that allows the German government to confiscate almost any kind of artwork – without a proper compensation – that might be interpreted as «an important piece of the national cultural identity», shall be seen as a second-rate joke. Therefore, in Germany no one really cares – except artists, art dealers, art collectors, directors of museums, art critics, at least almost everybody who does not call himself a bloody socialist.

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Genesis-Talk: «Sebastião Salgado and Benedikt Taschen»

13 May

Two men, one mission: One of the most stunning photographers Sebastião Salgado talks with with one of – if not the – most exciting publisher Benedikt Taschen about the photographic project that changed their lifes: Genesis.

Well, there was another photographer who once created an œvre entitles «Genesis»: Ernst Haas.

So, we’ve been now enriched by two geniuses’ work dealing with the fundamental sprit of mankind. Nothing less. May we suggest that you might like to go for it?

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Magnum Photography: «Commemoration – In Memory of René Burri»

22 Feb

ODEON – Théâtre de l’Europe:
Commemoration – In memory of René Burri

All photographs by Andreas Baier
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Leica Camera AG writes: «Many of his photographs are part of our collective visual memory – without a doubt, René Burri was one of the greatest photographers of our times.» The camera company continues: «A full member of ‹Magnum Photos› since 1959, René Burri impacted 20th century photography like few others. Never satisfied with a simple form of visual documentation, the photographer was always looking for unique perspectives and aesthetically demanding solutions, resulting in multi-layered images with a spontaneous yet precise composition.»

As a happy subscriber of L’Oeil de la Photograpie’s newsletter we received an invitation we spontaneously decided to take full advantage of it: «Commemoration : In memory of René Burri» – «In memory of René Burri who passed away on October  20th, 2014, the Burri-Bischof family and Magnum Photos Agency would like to invite you to a commemoration in his honour. This tribute takes place on Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 8pm at Odéon-Théatre de l’Europe, Paris.»

Our report about this happening is based on photography, so we will now end the written part of it. Only one more thing: the evening was great, it came along with some intellectual surprises and was purposefully positioned in a quite comfortable laid-back-zone. In other words, it was Paris to best our knowledge: filled with culture and art.

Well, one more last thing: at the moment our staff-photographer seems to be on a strange visual trip as he mixes visual large-grain-habits from the 1960s with photoshop blurs in the same images. We pray to god that this period might end soon but right now we feel helpless … anyway: enjoy.

If you have eaten just one piece of these gently gleeming and very well tasting chocolate cakes and do not feel hungry for the next three days, or so, then you know that you must be in France.

We already had him here, together with Franco Fontana, 1988 in Arles.

View from the balcony to the right side.

While having done some research on the internet, seriously driven by the initial intention of infringing René Burri’s copyright through the unauthorised usage of some of his amazing photographs in this very same article, we came across some interesting links you will find in the following: Steidl | Diogenes – «Mouvement» – not published yet, PHAIDON – «Impossible Reminiscences», Moser Verlag – «Blackout New York», Das Magazin – Burris T-Shirt, Achtung Photography – René Burri: Die Deutschen, Le blog photo – «Impossibles Réminiscences» René Burri à la Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, René Burri on artnet, Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, BERNER BLITZ», Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, NOUS SOMMES TREIZE À TABLE», Edition Dino Simonett – «RENÉ BURRI, 77 STRANGE SENSATIONS», Leica Rumours – «Leica Hall of Fame 2013: René Burri», Visible – «René Burri: Posted In Inspiration», Real Life Is Elsewhere – «René Burri», Art & Photography – «René Burri, 1933 – 2014», The Branders – «René Burri – “I’m Not a Purist”», Delirium Magazine – «RIP. René Burri», Entre Linha – «Morre o fotógrafo René Burri», Photographers Without Borders – «Speaking through photography with René Burri», Filmsnotdead – «Remembering Magnum photographer René Burri», Photo This & That – «René Burri», Le Monde – «Portfolio: René Burri», The National – «The UAE through his lens: René Burri, 1933-2014», Michele Roohani – «René Burri, one degree of separation between me and Che Guevara», Eric Kim Street Photography Blog – «10 Things Street Photographers Can Learn From Magnum Contact Sheets», Foto Post – «René Burri: Havana, 1963»

«What counts is putting the intensity that you yourself have experienced into the picture. Otherwise it’s just a document.» – René Burri

Andreas Baier’s brand new «Curriculum Vitae» presenting his outstanding flashlight paintings out now!

10 Feb

Cover «Curriculum Vitae» with an essay by Klaus Honnef
about Andreas Baier’s amazing flashlight paintings

To our most favourite delight, our staff-photographer’s amazing flashlight paintings are pretty much known on the international art market. In the 1990s he caused one stirr after the other; his cibachrome-based vintage prints had been published and exhibited thoughout the world, even as far as «people»-magazine in China and went additionally under the hammer at Sotheby’s – only two years after they were introduced to the market for the very first time.

Art collectors who made the decision adding them to their collections must have felt a bit hard about the idea of reselling them because for the first decade of the new millennium there was a larger break in the public awareness history of Andreas’ flashlight paintings; a gap mostly welcomed by the artist to use this marvellous opportunity to celebrating extended teatime proceedings:

flashlight painting (Blitzlichtgemälde) «Teatime»;
Cibachrome Vintageprint by Andreas Baier

Or realising other projects. Now, however, they are back on stage; are to be seen on art fairs such as the Art|Basel in Switzerland. Honouring this development and since the artist does not exhibit his work anymore, a gorgeously looking and nicely designed booklet has been freshly squeezed and pressed and published and brought to life, which is meant to provide art collectors with a proper insight into Andreas Baier‘s work and informs about the world he mentally still lives in. This catalogue also contains an essay by Prof. Klaus Honnef about Andreas Baier’s flashlight painting technique.

flashlight painting (Blitzlichtgemälde) «Cube Base» –
created on the Outer Hebrides; Cibachrome Vintageprint by Andreas Baier

In total: 72 nicely designed pages, covered in a luxurious hardcover outfit which makes not only the content worth owning it but also its price explicable: € 45,-.

ISBN 978-3-7347-5365-7

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Ralph Gibson: «Newest body of work MONO»

25 Sep

Ralph Gibson: «LampNude»
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The Leica Gallery Los Angeles presents for the first time in the United States photographer Ralph Gibson’s newest body of work MONO shot exclusively with the M Monochrom Camera. This new exhibition of 50 black and white digital prints focuses on structures, shapes and lines. Gibson will also be signing his new book MONO at the gallery and will giving a talk on his artwork on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Jeff Dunas and Ralph Gibson
pendant «Les Rencontres Internationales à Arles» –
photo by Andreas Baier

Ralph Gibson was born in Los Angeles and first studied photography in the US Navy and at the San Francisco Art Institute. He started assisting famed photographers Dorothea Lange and then with Robert Frank, one of his greatest influences. He is well known for his love of the book arts and producing photo books. To date he has produced over 40 monographs. Ralph was hired by Bottega Veneta to photograph supermodels in Milan, Italy for their Fall 2013 ad campaign.

via L’oeil de la Photographie.

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New York City: «Cars»

13 Aug

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Photographs by Andreas Baier

The only rule which was established by our staff-photographer Andreas Baier was that all images of this project were to be done within only 24 hours. He used a Pentax 928 loaded with films processed in C 41. He remembers that it was an inspiring feeling just to walk around and snap, snap, snap, snap without any futher intention than to create some emotionally loaded widescreen photographs of cars cruising around through the streets of New York City.

It started as a personal project; eventually it was nicely spread over a couple of sheets in der German magazine Geo.

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Andreas Baier: «Digital Paintings – Volume 3»

31 Jul

Title: Rothko at Guggenheim
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Recently, an art collector introduced the artist to his guests: «You better should not try to analyse whether Andreas Baier‘s digital paintings are driven by the power of modern Romanticism, late Expressionism, the Renaissance, neo-Catholicism or a pop art culture that impressionismly refuses to say bye-bye. It is much more important to know that since the new millennium the artist neither does exhibitions nor does he enter aeroplanes – both by principle reason».

The artist Andreas Baier proudly presents his brand new brochure «Digital Paintings – Volume 3». A little bit more than seventy digital paintings are ready to take you on an unforgettable journey through the history of art.

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Yoshi Karoshi: «Honeybees Are Our Fashionable Future!»

30 Jul

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London based advertising agency hamster&james – famous for its polarising communication skills – has just launched a brand new but highly sophisticated campaign following its own rule #1 saying that nothing is better than anything but worse than mediocrity – a statement especially designed to make competitors in the advertising business nervous. And nervous they are.

The clients from the Japanese fashion label Yoshi Karoshi, however, are focused on their mission: not to only promote their top-quality brand but to also protect and to save our beautiful world. Jonathan James, the agency’s proud account manager of the year, points out that only if the human race learns how to live and think as honeybees then both species have a chance to make it into a bright and sunshine-esque future, otherwise they will be sentenced to die a most dreadful death.

Consequently, this campaign will not be spread the mainstream way, as the Executive Creative Director Hale Bodenkamp explains to us: «We go to the people and talk to them personally – wherever they live: in trains, cars, restaurants, under the rooftop and in hotel rooms, of course. Make sure you never ever catch them at home – they don’t like that. And all you have to do then is to show them the ad. Basically that will do – as long as you think in long-term terms».

The fashion company’s CEO Sushimushi Yuwarikana confirms that they have already hired some 400.000 hand-out-workers in order to make this distinctive goal-approach work. And she adds: «This is the biggest challenge in our company’s history!» Easy to believe.

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Travelling back into 1988: «Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie à Arles»

29 Jul

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All photographs by Andreas Baier

The most exciting party pendant Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie à Arles is the one given by Luc Hoffmann’s family out there deep in the Camargue.

The atmosphere is hot, dry and somewhat cool. And so is the music: The Gipsy Kings, living in Arles anyway, sit in the shadow and play their guitars as if nothing special. Everything and everybody is completely relaxed. Music, food, dance, music, food, dance, and so on:

If someone of our readers could figure out the Chinese photographer’s name we would be more than just happy! All we remember is that his work which was exhibited during the «Rencontres» was simply stunning.

The two photographers Guy Le Querrec and Franco Fontana were celebrating nothing but pure happiness. Was Franco kindly asked to leave his hands above Guy’s belt? Both have been freshly recognised as trusted holiday representatives and were featured on L’oeil de la Photographie.

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Thomas Höpker: «Ansichten eines Reporters»

29 Jul

Photographs by Andreas Baier
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On October 31st in 1987 Thomas Höpker’s exhibition «Ansichten eines Reporters» had its vernissage in the famous Rubens-town Siegen. Our staff-photographer Andreas Baier could not resist documenting this event with his camera. We have already featured one picture of this series here; including some information about Thomas Höpker’s CV and where to purchase prints of his fantastic work best as well. Thomas Höpker is still the only German photographer who joined the legendary photo-agency Magnum Photos based on a «full membership», which he also ran from 2003 until 2007 as its president.

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Jørgen Brynhildsvoll’s magazine «Signatur» features Erik Spiekermann

24 Jul

Erik Spiekermann photographed by Andreas Baier
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The Norwegian designer Jørgen Brynhildsvoll introduces in his magazine «Signatur» a couple of famous typographers including Erik Spiekermann as well.

Erik Spiekermann photographed by Andreas Baier

Jørgen Brynhildsvoll found Andreas Baier’s photo portraits he took from Erik Spiekermann here.

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Elisabeth Biondi: «Banana Armada»

23 Jul

Banana Armada – flashlight painting by Andreas Baier

Having seen the remarkable arte-reportage about the German photographer Martin Schöller recently, it became transparent that former «The New Yorker’s» picture editor-in-chief, Elisabeth Biondi, was responsible for his international breakthrough due to the fact that she assigned him regularly – before anyone else did. You can find some of Martin Schöller’s marvellous work here, here, here, here and here.

Since we live in a time, however, in which people are mostly interested in other people who only show interest in oneself, it should be bright and clear and understood that we have decided using this unique opportunity to only feature our one and only staff-photographer Andreas Baier who used to work for Elisabeth Biondi as well during her time as picture editor-in-chief of the magazine stern in the 1990s.

When the Berlin wall came down Elisabeth Biondi gave Mr Baier a ring and said that East Germany’s major request for bananas was about to drive the whole nation into pure craziness and that whenever the term «craziness» crosses her mind she could not help thinking of him and that he was perfectly adviced to help her out with a somewhat stunning interpretation of this whole strange situation – see result above. She saw the picture, had a smile and gave him the next job.

Like it too? So, you better might consider also taking a full visual bath in his passionate portfolio Just For Fun.

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Kubach-Wilmsen-Team: «Marble Works To Read»

21 Jul

«Stone Newspaper» (1992) by Kubach-Wilmsen-Team
in front of Museum Schloß Salder;
Carrara marble; 310 x 200 x 85 cm

Photography by Andreas Baier
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Whoever feels home and save in the international art-scene must have come across the amazingly solid and quite stoned artwork of the Kubach-Wilmsen-Team. It is said that for no one less than Oscar Wilde himself only the daily presence of a brand new copy of Kubach-Wilmsen’s Marble News made his high tea a perfect breakfast. And the German critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki stated that the deepest and most emotional way to read Count Leo Tolstoy’s «War and Peace» is to do it via the edition curated and published by the Kubach-Wilmsen-Team. Can this get any higher? No wonder, that their works of art had been exhibited throughout the world and are part of many important public and private art collections.

«Stone Book Cardinal» (1986) by Kubach-Wilmsen-Team
on the INSEL im Salzgittersee;
red Indian granite; 240 x 180 x 80 cm

Anna Kubach-Wilmsen gives an insight: «Normally, hands hold a book and the eyes are supposed to read it. Stone books, however, are hold by the eyes and read with the hands.» Since fourty years the Kubach-Wilmsen-Team’s œvre is nothing but a solid homage to stones in all types and forms, moreover, for them stones are genesis’ reliquiae.

«Stone Book Amazonas» (1991) by Kubach-Wilmsen-Team
on the INSEL im Salzgittersee;
red-green Brazilian granite; 200 x 150 x 90 cm

On August, 14th, 2010 the Fondation Kubach-Wilmsen openend its gates to the public. It was built by the Japanese architect Tadao Andō. It is a museum for stone sculptures at the bottom of «Rotenfels» in Bad Münster am Stein. Here and here you can enjoy some impressive photographs of the museum, taken by Shigeo Ogawa.

The three stone sculptures on the photographs above are part of the art project «KUNSTüberall», which was initiated by Alexander Baier.

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