In my recent work „Arkanum“ I deal with the subject of man`s relationship to its urban environment and architecture.
In a similar way like Godard’s Alphaville, a logic city built and controlled by the Alpha 60 computer my work is about a artificially constructed city of the future that stands in stark contrast to nature.
The city cores of different major cities in Germany built the stage for this work. But also so called “non-places” like trade fairs, outlet center, shopping malls and airports.
The motifs in part refer to real places, but they primarily serve to inspire fictitious, inner images.
„Arkanum“ was self published as a book October 2014.
The Portfolio Review accepts now submissions for 2015! As in the last two years, it will take place during the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, on Saturday 31 January 2015. The open call closes on 15 December. Further details on www.portfolio-review.de and on https://www.facebook.com/krautmagazin
dienacht Publishing proudly presents Dana Stölzgen’s superlimited (45 copies + 5 copies with a print) and oversized book “My Disguise”!
and through my disguise
someone is looking at me.” – Dana Stölzgen
A Special Edition with a very limited, beautiful 30 x 45 cm Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 308 g/m² is available. Edition of 5, signed and numbered.
Size: A3 (29,7 x 42 cm), 16 pages
Printed on Metapaper 270g/m² Extrarough Warmwhite
Half cover, thread stitching
Print run: 45 copies + 5 Special Editions with a 30 x 45 cm Print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 g/m², signed and numbered
The pictures for ‘May I…?’ were made during my single encounters with amateur models in hotel rooms.
The stripping before the camera, the subjection of the model to the photographer and the provocative and seductive looks to the camera, are themes that refer to classic ingredients of pornography and fashion photography.
In this fashionable world the interaction between photographer, model and camera is put on edge. But if this game supposes an interaction between two opponents, why is it that we rarely see a real glimp of that interaction in the final picture? Does the camera not merely serve to keep the photographer ‘out of the image’? And does the fashion-picture, after heavy post-processing, still give us room to reflect on the medium of photography itself? Why do we in this case still refer so strongly to the qualifications of ‘real’ and ‘pure’ and ‘clean’?
Without a camera I’m merely a voyeur. But isn’t the photographer a voyeur by definition? Does he not subject its subject to his curious, controlling gaze? A perverse gaze that can only be satisfied by the act of looking itself? Is the ‘guilty’ pleasure of looking without being seen not always present in the core of photography? The camera as a synonym for the keyhole.
I explore the fascination of watching and the attraction of the one I am looking at, from behind the mask of the photographer’s eye. But would the one I’m watching at, grant me permission to do so, if I hadn’t appeared to her as a ‘photographer’?
The pictures of May I…? show a repeating ritual where the interaction of business transaction and human association between the two strangers causes an estrangement where both model and photographer appeal to their own and to each other’s expectations, wishes, roles, desires and insecurities. Over the years I’ve seen many cunts and tits, but I don’t remember any of them. I don’t even remember looking at … It were the looks I remember. That’s what occupied me.
I take pictures of naked girls. They witness my silent gaze. I pay them to stare at them.
Limited Print Editions available:
28 € The printed book 60 € The printed book + a 13 x 18 cm C-Print (edition of 25, signed and numbered), as seen at the end of the preview. 120 € The printed book + a 20 x 30 cm signed and numbered print (edition of 10) on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 308 g/m², as seen at the end of the preview. 350 € The printed book + a 30 x 45 cm signed and numbered print (edition of 3), printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 308 g/m², as seen at the end of the preview.
Hard cover, open thread stitching
15 x 20 cm, 96 pages
Print run: 200 numbered copies
Feeling offcast. Flecks of ash fill the air. Slowly, they lie down to my feet. Somewhere inside there is something that destroys, it attracts those indifferent and closed. Others. Those unable to coexist, emotionally impenetrable. The same as me. Deep inside there is the void where light disappears.
The regular edition is sold out. A few copies of the Special Edition with Print are still available (for a preview of the print, please check the last image of the slideshow).
Hard cover, open thread stitching, laser engraving on the cover, 11 x 15,5 cm, 52 pages including 4 fold-out pages, full colour, print run: 90 copies + 10 Special Edition with Print, signed and numbered
Print Editions (book + print) left:
If the paper of the first edition made the book look a coal mine, the paper of this second edition makes it look like a desert storm.
“And where is it, this place?”
“That’s the point, it is nowhere. It is quite impossible to say that it is located anywhere in the geographical sense. Inner Mongolia is not called that because it is inside Mongolia. It is inside anyone who can see the void, although the word ‘inside’ is quite inappropriate here. And it is not really any kind of Mongolia either, that’s merely a way of speaking. The most stupid thing possible would be to attempt to describe to you what it is. Take my word for this, at least – it is well worth striving all your life to reach it. And nothing in life is better than being there.”
“And how does one come to see the void?”
“Look into yourself.” said the baron.
(From “Chapayev and Void” by Victor Pelevin, translated by Andrew Bromfield)
Edition of 90 numbered copies + 10 copies with a gelatin silver print (numbered and signed)
21 x 29.7 cm, 32 pages, printed on grey paper
Silkscreen printed envelope
Designed by FLUUT
Erotic fairs are probably the only events where all social classes and ages are gathered in the same place.
The visitors – exactly from the hick town where all the pictures were shot – brim over with bigotry. Because on one hand there is the hypocritical tolerance and openness at night, the meat market – and the gazes! – under the cover of eroticism. On the other hand the smooth smugness reveals in the daytime – lived family idyll and dominical church going included.
It is all about schizo provincialism. The abandon and unleashing of the bourgeois which seem enormous at first, in closer inspection keeps exactly within the defined limits. Because in this loud, piercing, adrenalized carnival of drives, the excess is planned. Like that everything is in best order. In the garden plot, on the parking lane, in the frontyard – and in fact also on the erotic fair.
Limited Print Editions available! 35 €: The printed book 60 €: The printed book + a 13 x 18 C-Print (edition of 60, signed and numbered), as seen in the preview. 150 € (4 left): The printed book + a 20 x 30 signed and numbered print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 308 g/m², as seen in the preview. 500 € (1 left): The printed book + a 30 x 45 cm print (edition of 3) + the 20 x 30 print, both numbered and signed, printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag, 308 g/m², as seen at the end of the preview.
p.s. thank you to all supporters of the crowdfunding-campaign. You made this happen.
Loose spiro bound book in a hard cover, held by an elastic strap
90 pages, 16 x 28 cm
Print run: 100 copies
35 € + shipping
The project, Landscapes, consists of a series of photographs taken from the sea that represent large areas of the coast. Views together the images suggest a continuous view of the coast as a single extended landscape, seemingly real, the photographic in fact they are not consecutive but far from each other and different places and subjects such as: walls, trees, cities, forests, beaches, industrial zones, but all connected to the same height of the horizon and from the same point of view.
The images are “modular”, they could be moved and rearranged in different visual sequences to form endless landscapes. The objective of the project is to reflect on the complex and continuous transformations of the places, the relationship between the built and the natural giving form our contemporary world.
A journey between the past and the present through the images of my childhood’s house, in the northern Italy countryside, revising old pictures and confusing them with new ones, blending memories and expectations.
Fabien Pio is a french photographer, former student at the Fine Arts school of Montpellier.
My pictures are made of daily wanderings, in order to use the photographic medium as a way to write the simple things of life, like a diary, an everyday notebook. And through this, trying to evoke a cinematographic and literary language, according to an essential place to the narrative of the pictures. This is like an autobiography, representing oneself through the others and the things that happen to everyone, based on a latent reality, or maybe an underlying fiction, at the same time intimate and universal, sketched between dream and reality, an everlasting ambiguity in between presence and absence.
In „Under your Charms“ I work to capture the exceedingly intimate moments of interpersonal relationships, forgoing words but on the other hand making use of many emotions.
Directly aiming to portray young adults and set them as the focus of my work.
Those that find themselves shortly before the crossing into the world of adulthood and particularly in a phase of identity search, where they seek to find a foothold amongst their own kind.
This is what I look for in my pictures, these intimate moments, between being in love and concealment. Before that first kiss and after that bottle of red wine.