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Michael Schmidt, "Photography"

Stockholm, November 08th - December 22nd, 2007
Image No. 1 of Michael Schmidt

Installation view

 
Galerie Nordenhake is very pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Sweden of German artist Michael Schmidt, one of Germany's most important post-war photographers in the social and documentary field. Schmidt, who was born in 1945 and is self-taught, has exhibited widely in the international sphere, including two solo shows at MoMA, New York.

Michael Schmidt first gained attention in 1984 with Berlin - Kreuzberg, a series of photographs of the neighborhood where he still lives. In many of his works he explores the architecture of urban landscapes, depicting apartment blocks, office buildings, as well as its inhabitants in an austere documentary style. Schmidt shows an excellence in black and white photography, as well as using the concept of series or sequences as a tool to generate an aesthetic vision.

The meticulously composed black and white photographs, with their rich nuances, come from a number of different series, including Irgendwo, Berlin – Kreuzberg, Waffenruhe, Stadtbilder and Berlin nach 1945. Typically for his Modus Operandi, Schmidt conflates architectural and landscape photographs with portraits and shots of seemingly unimportant details. It is only through the arrangement in groups – the interplay and dialogue between the images – that the individual images acquire their distinct meaning and the relation between spatial environment and individual biography comes into view.
  
Image No. 2 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Waffenruhe), 1985-1987, gelatin silver bromide prints, 15 photographs, 49.2 x 38.8 cm, framed 50.3 x 40.3 cm, Edition 12 + 3 AP

 
Image No. 3 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Stadtbilder), 1976-77/2002, gelatin silver print, 34.6 x 38.9 cm, framed 60.5 x 72.7 cm, Edition of 6 + 1AP

 
Image No. 4 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Berlin, Stadtbilder), 1976-77/2004, gelatin silver print, 34.4 x 47.8 cm, framed 60.5 x 72.7 cm, Edition of 6

 
Image No. 5 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Architektur), 1989-91, gelatin silver print, 92.2 x 72.9 cm, framed 122.6 x 101.6 cm, Edition of 6

 
Image No. 6 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Architektur), 1989-91, gelatin silver print, 91.8 x 74.5 cm, framed 122.6 x 101.6 cm, Edition of 6

 
Image No. 7 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Landschaften), 1989/97, gelatin silver print, 60 x 48.4 cm, framed 85 x 72.5 cm, Edition of 3

 
Image No. 8 of Michael Schmidt

Installation view

 
Image No. 9 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Landschaften), 1986/97, gelatin silver print, 55 x 80 cm, framed 82.5 x 106.4 cm, Edition of 3

 
Image No. 10 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Portraits), 1970-72/1994, gelatin silver print, 20.4 x 15.2 cm, framed 47.5 x 36 cm, Edition of 6

 
Image No. 11 of Michael Schmidt

Installation view

 
Image No. 12 of Michael Schmidt

Irgendwo, 2001-2004, gelatin silver print, 32.35 x 40.75 cm, framed 40.4 x 49.7 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP

 
Image No. 13 of Michael Schmidt

Irgendwo, 2001-2004, gelatin silver print, 32.35 x 40.75 cm, framed 40.4 x 49.7 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP

 
Image No. 14 of Michael Schmidt

Irgendwo, 2001-2004, gelatin silver print, 32.35 x 40.75 cm, framed 40.4 x 49.7 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP

 
Image No. 15 of Michael Schmidt

Irgendwo, 2001-2004, gelatin silver print, 32.35 x 34.45 cm, framed 40.4 x 49.7 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP

 
Image No. 16 of Michael Schmidt

Irgendwo, 2001-2004, gelatin silver print, 32.35 x 40.75 cm, framed 40.4 x 49.7 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP

 
Image No. 17 of Michael Schmidt

Irgendwo, 2001-2004, gelatin silver print, 32.35 x 40.75 cm, framed 40.4 x 49.7 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP

 
Image No. 18 of Michael Schmidt

Irgendwo, 2001-2004, gelatin silver print, 32.35 x 24.5 cm, framed 40.4 x 30.3 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP

 
Image No. 19 of Michael Schmidt

Irgendwo, 2001-2004, gelatin silver print, 32.35 x 24.5 cm, framed 40.4 x 30.3 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP

 
Image No. 20 of Michael Schmidt

Irgendwo, 2001-2004, gelatin silver print, 32.35 x 24.5 cm, framed 40.4 x 30.3 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP





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