- TYLER SHIELDS
- DEANA NASTIC
- JOSEF HOFLEHNER
- MONA KUHN
- SIDE EFFECTS by Joachim Schmeisser
- ANDREAS H. BITESNICH
Joachim Schmeisser, born in 1958, has made a name for himself in various branches of photography. As an advertising photographer, the Munich native started working for international companies in the 1980s, and he was a pioneer in analogue compositing with his use of multiple exposures.
But photography can be so much more than technical skill and a joy in experimentation. Building on his intense interest in his subject matter, his deeply personal view of the world, and his special way of seeing and self-expression, he has developed an equally unique and compelling visual language. This particularly characterizes the independent artistic work he has been creating since 2009 in places such as Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya. With his iconic wildlife portraits, Joachim Schmeisser has gained widespread acclaim, receiving the prestigious Hasselblad Masters Award for his work in 2012. Several books of his photography have been issued by renowned publishing houses.
In his new series “Side Effects – The Essence of Photography,” the photographic artist takes a surprisingly different approach: he juxtaposes the majestic beauty of endangered species with another raw beauty, namely that of unprocessed, analogue film material. With this series, which is unique in the world of photographic art today, he returns to the essence of photography as an abstraction of reality. The magic of photography, says Joachim Schmeisser, “transforms the invisible into something that can be seen and experienced.” This is particularly true of his latest series of works.
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Review by Marc Peschke, Art Historian and Curator
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