Joachim BROHM, Thomas Weski (ed., text), Vince Leo (text), Heike NEHL (Book Design)

Ohio. Fotografien 1983-1984

HC with dust jacket, 29,5 x 25 x 2,5 cm.,
120 pp., 40 color ills., text language: English.
Steidl 2010.
ISBN 9783865216984

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"Joachim BROHM was among the first of a younger generation of German photographers who discovered in color photography a new medium of self-expression.

At the end of the 1970s, serious artistic photography was still supposedly only made in black and white, despite major developments such as William Eggleston's controversial 1976 show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

BROHM's 'Ohio' photographs were made in 1983 and 1984 whilst he was living in the state as a student and Fulbright scholar. His pictures show cluttered yards and houses and focus on apparently trivial and banal scenes of everyday American life.
At the time such mundane quotidien scenarios were considered unworthy of a photograph. This combined with his use of colour photography, made the 'Ohio' series a significant experiment in search of a new pictorial language." (publisher's note, © Steidl, 2010)

"(...) The photo book 'Ohio' shows an American city at a certain moment in time. What I was reminded of when looking through it was an interview with film maker Jim Jarmusch.
When asked about where he had shot the movie 'Ghost Dog' (one of my favourite movies), he said he had looked for a location that could be practically anywhere in the US.
'Ghost Dog' and 'Ohio' certainly don’t look like every place in the US, but the way they are produced gives the viewer the feeling that, well, it could be anywhere.
For me, that gives 'Ohio' an undefinable, somewhat mysterious quality. You just know that when you open the book again, it will look the same, but you will experience it differently." (© Jim Colberg)

About the photographer, Joachim BROHM (b. 1955) in Dülken, GER:
Joachim BROHM is Professor of Photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig.
He had solo-shows in 2007 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig and the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat in Bottrop. Other shows have included the Westfalischer Kunstverein Munster in 2003 and Fotomuseum Winterthur in 2002.
Joachim BROHM's photo books include
'Ruhr',
'Areal' and
'Kray'.

BROHM's work is included in major collections internationally.

About the editor/author, Thomas Weski (b. 1953 in Hanover):
Thomas Weski is chief curator at the Haus der Kunst in Munich where he has mounted, among others, 'Turning Back' works by Robert ADAMS, 'Click Doubleclick' - the documentary factor, a major exhibition on Andreas GURSKY, and 'Parrworld', a presentation of Martin PARR's various collections.
With co-curator Elisabeth Sussman Thomas Weski organized the retrospective of William EGGLESTON for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2009.

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"Die Serie 'Ohio' kommt in mehrerer Hinsicht einem Bruch mit Konventionen gleich. William EGGLESTON schon 1976 entbrannten Kontroverse – noch in weiten Kreisen nur die S/W-Fotografie als seriös.
Doch das Experiment, das BROHM mit 'Ohio' wagte, geht weiter: Die mit einer Mittelformatkamera aufgenommenen Bilder zeigen heruntergekommene Hinterhöfe und Häuser, Autos, Werbetafeln und scheinbar banale Szenen aus dem amerikanischen Alltag.
Es sind ausschließlich profane Motive auf diesen 1983/84 während eines Studienaufenthaltes in Columbus entstandenen Bildern zu sehen. Ohio erzählt von einem Zeitpunkt in der Geschichte der Fotografie, an dem sich eine neue Bildsprache zu entwickeln begann." (Verlagstext, © Steidl, 2010)

Über den Fotografen, Joachim BROHM (* 1955 in Dülken):
"Joachim BROHM (*1955) gehört in Deutschland zu den ersten Künstlern seiner Generation, die Ende der 1970er Jahre diese Amerikaner für sich entdeckten. BROHM studierte damals an der Folkwang-Schule in Essen.
Konsequent hängte er eine weitere Studienzeit in Amerika hinten dran.