Heidi Specker: IN FRONT OF. Photographies 2015

Cat. Berlinische Galerie

Exhibition catalogue Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
edited by Thomas Köhler and Ulrich Domröse
texts (German/English) by Ulrich Domröse and Wawrzyniec Tokarski
156 p with 26 coloured and 45 b/w illustrations
270 x 230 mm, hardcover

ISBN 978-3-86442-165-5


(out of print)

Portraits different

IN FRONT OF is a series of 70 images in which Heidi Specker examines the circumstances and conditions of portrait photography. Rather than following the usual code of conduct regarding photography, she creates in her studio an atmosphere that reveals the power structures and interdependencies that emerge between photographer and model during a sitting. She develops her images from a negative attitude towards conven­tional portrait photography, which is primarily invested in representation and self-portrayal. In her casualness and unwieldiness her portraits raise the issue of proximity and how to capture their personality.

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, 11/3–11/7/2016