Photographs by Christian Voigt
‘I’m a story-teller’
‘My criterion for a successful photo is a lovely, true story’
From 13th February works by international photographer Christian Voigt will be showing at ikonhouse.
Christian Voigt was born in Münich in 1961.
His first exhibition was in 2009 and since then his unique and timeless photographs have been exhibited at prestigious locations around the world.
Christian Voigt’s images are eye-catchers of overwhelming dimensions. Artificial, intensive colours often psychedelic entrance the observer. Any subject although immmediatley identifiable, retains a certain level of alienation. The photographs appear to have been edited, dyed and staged. This is not the case. His unique process is painstaking. The artist captures what he sees, based directly on real life. Following in the tradition of early landscape photography, Christian spends hours, sometimes days, hiking through the jungle, across the desert or in the mountains to find the ultimate image. His criterion for a successful photo is the perfect true story,- if there is no story, there can be no image – no matter how technically perfect it might be.
The intensity of the images is a result of Christian Voigt’s camera technique. Whilst paying tribute to traditional photography, he has developed his own form and unique style by perfecting a technique first practised in the 1930s. Multiple exposures of the same image are taken, taking advantage of different light and contrast values. The reality of his photographic pictures, with their characteristically but seemily unnatural colours are achieved by placing layer upon layer. Christian expermients endlessly with the technical possiblities of this genre. Each final image is the result of thirty exposures. As a painter with his palette, Christian plays with colour, light and contrast, and revels in the effects of light and shadow. The results are photographic gems.
It is unpolished reality that first captures the artists unique vision. It is raw realism that Christian Voigt seeks, with technical skill and a keen eye, he intuitively plays an exciting game with time and form. His landscapes and cosmopolitan cities take on a surreal quality. The artist quite literally paints with his camera, favouring age old traditional techniques over the plethora of modern technology now available to the modern photographer.
Christian Voigt travels the world in order to discover and experience His only travel companions are his Hasselblad and stand. He sees the world differently from the arbitrarily photographing tourist or traveller. His eyes change when he looks through the viewfinder. He sees depths that he would not otherwise see; his perspective seems to be different, and he sees details and connections more clearly. Then he sees the stories, and that is what he does: he tells stories.
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