Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin
January 21 - April 29, 2012
Selected title German Photo Book Award 2013
The quiet, nearly monochromatic photographs in the new series Winterwald by Emanuel Raab display the rich forms of a natural space that only reveals itself in the winter months. Like a filigree drawing, the finely articulated lines of the underbrush, scrub and branches intertwine to form a detailed surface structure that settles down like a web atop the natural space, obscuring our view into the depth. Despite allobjectivity in observation, a romantic view of nature filters through in these subtly composed forest pictures. Following painterly premises, the photographs manage to transform nature into a place full of secrets and the forest into an animated landscape.
Since 1994, Emanuel Raab has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions (including at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Landesmuseum Oldenburg, Kunstverein Ulm, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, MARTa Museum Herford, ZKM Karlsruhe). This is his fourth photo book, joining Eduardo Chillida – Antoni Tapies (1994), heimat.de (2000) and Nachtland (2003). Raab has been a professor of photography and visual media at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld since 2001.
Authors: Christiane Stahl
Artists: Emanuel Raab
33 x 24 cm
35 color ills.