cm., 152 pp., 50ß b/w ills., text language: English (Amelunxen-essay & interview bilingual, in English and German).
"This photographic inventory of her hometown from 1979 to 1983 analyzes its architecture and topography as a way of disclosing the structures of local life. Wittmar's interest was sparked by drastic changes in the 1970s, which saw parts of the village replaced with increasingly interchangeable, standardized architecture, and by extension perhaps standardized culture and lifestyle.
As that new construction and new taste was taking hold, a contrasting yearning for 'home' arose, which Medebach explores. WITTMAR's renunciation of inflammatory moments and her largely formal stringency distinguish these images, which can also be read as a German reaction to the American 'New Topographics' movement of the late 1970s." (publisher's note, © Steidl, 2007)
About the photographer, Petra WITTMAR (b. 1955):
Petra WITTMAR studied photography at the Universität Essen GHS/Folkwang from 1977 to 1983.
Since then she has been working as a freelance photographer on projects dealing with European architecture from the early 20th century and on the topics of urban and suburban spaces.
She lives in Essen and since 1986 she has been working together with Ulrich Deimel.
"Der Fotoband 'Medebach. Photographien / Photographs 1979-1983' stellt eine fotografische Analyse des eigenen Geburtsortes, aus amerikanischer Sicht unter dem Einfluss der 'New Topography' - zumindest sind die Bilder ohne Kenntnis der 'New Topography'-Bewegung kaum vorstellbar.
Petra WITTMARs Fotografien zeigen die west-deutsche Wirklichkeit am Übergang von den 70er zu den 80er Jahren." (© Richard G. SPORLEDER)