In the photographs of Elmar Haardt (*1974) the human and his immediate personal surroundings play a central role. Haardt’s portrait shots are usually taken in the private rooms of the protagonist and provide a sober view of social conditions absent even the slightest hint of sentimentality. The works of Bernd Kleinheisterkamp (*1973) as well betray the photographer’s keen interest in his subject while preserving a certain distance. By highlighting the formal and aesthetic aspects of what he sees, Kleinheisterkamp manages in his architectural views of uniform housing developments to reflect their realities using alternative pictorial strategies. What the work of both photographers has in common is the place it was created: the northern districts of the city of Essen.
Authors: Ulrike Westphal, Ute Eskildsen
Artists: Bernd Kleinheisterkamp, Elmar Haardt
20 x 24 cm
69 color ills.