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Photographs by Hans-Christian Schink. Text by Kai Uwe Schierz.
Fotohof Editions / Villa Aurora E.V, Salzburg, In English and, 2004. 72 pp., 34 color illustrations, 12x10¾".

Publisher's description:

Los Angeles is the site of Hans-Christian Schink's newest collection of works, which came into being during a Villa Aurora Fellowship in 2002 and other visits to the city in the following year. Proceeding from a precise examination of the no-man's land at the periphery of the megalopolis - which he baths in glistening light - Schink generates extremely enlarged panaoramic images that achieve a fuller presentation of the city's spaces.. In this conqust of distance, and an associated reduction of photographic authenticity, he succeeds in freeing the images, which, in their abstraction, resemble paintings more than photographs….

In the text accompanying the book, art historian Kai-Uwe Schierz rightly places the work of Hans-Christian Schink in the tradition of the early romantic landscape representation, when he argues that "the romantic motif of estrangement in view of the lost distance (and the sentiment it evokes: nostalgia) is present in the night images, in the same way as it appears in the well-known pictures of that era."

Hans-Christian Schink was born in 1961 in Erfurt, Germany, and studied photography in the School for Graphic Design and Book Art in Leipzig, where he resides.

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