Von Lintel Galley is pleased to present an exhibition of new photographs by German photographer Roland Fischer.
Including outstanding new additions to his Facades series and striking Chinese Pool Portraits, an offshoot of his well-received Los Angeles Portraits series, the works in this show exemplify the new territory Fischer continues to explore in his unflagging examination of the formal aspects of photography.
Whether photographing buildings for his Facades, or people for his Pool Portraits, Fischer focuses our attention directly on a specific entity. In the case of the buildings, Fischer fills the frame of his viewfinder with their facades, stripping them of the distracting visual cacophony that normally surrounds them. Isolated so, their vivid colors and dramatic geometries demonstrate a striking formalism and visual punch that call to mind a photographic version of modernist abstract painting. Fischer’s human subjects are also visually isolated, with only their heads and shoulders visible above the un-modulated blue of a still, indoor pool. De-contextualizing them this way, and portraying them with crystalline clarity, Fischer pointedly concentrates the viewer’s awareness of the individuality of the building or person. Each picture is imbued with the feeling that it holds captive the spirit of its subject, and thus, his photographs transcend mere documentation and border on the sublime.
Born in 1958, Munich based photographer Roland Fischer is a key figure in contemporary German photography. Photo Technik International named him one of Germany’s top ten photographers alongside Demand, Gursky, Ruff, and Struth. His work has been the subject of many national and international exhibitions and is included in numerous public collections, such as at the Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp; Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken and the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids.