German Photographs (1724-2005) is a series of photographs of the places in which philosophers lived and worked specifically, the lineage of Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment German philosophers, from Kant to Adorno. Traveling throughout Germany, England, Switzerland and finally to Los Angeles, Patrick Lakey has photographed the places where these thinkers wrote, thought, lived and in some cases died.
The sweeping scale and formal composition of the images reference another influential German lineage, that of the “Becher school” of photography. Although Lakey’s project pays homage to this method (that of producing typologies to document a socio-political heritage), this project relies on the individuality of the image to derive meaning.
Patrick Lakey was born in Washington, D.C. in 1970. He received his BFA from University of Texas in Austen and his MFA from University of California, San Diego. His first solo exhibition was presented at Happy Lion, Los Angeles in 2005. He has been included in several group exhibitions, including Das Spyder-Man at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Recent Works from L.A. at Galerie Michael Janssen in Cologne, and I-10 at McClain Gallery in Houston. He lives and works in Los Angeles.