Friday, August 24, 2007

Josef Schulz

I am extremely fond of the work of Josef Schulz, a German photographer who studied under the likes of Thomas Ruff and Bernd and Hilla Becher. In the same school of photographic thought, Schulz photographs industrial, mass manufactured architecture in all of its utilitarian beauty. His minimal compositions avoid placing qualitative judgement on these structures, instead exploring their form and relationship to their surroundings. Schulz has depicted his subject matter with formal detachment and found beauty in the banality of contemporary industrial construction. In addition, his work raises questions about photography's ability to aesthetically enhance something that is in essence, mundane.

From Top to Bottom:

Form # 15, 2004

Form # 14, 2004

Form # 10, 2004

Form # 7, 2004

Form # 2, 2004

All Images © Josef Schulz