Installation view

Michael Schmidt , Thomas Struth, Tobias Zielony
»Stadtbilder«

Stockholm, January 11, 2019 - February 16, 2019

Galerie Nordenhake Stockholm presents an exhibition of three renowned German photographers: Michael Schmidt, Thomas Struth and Tobias Zielony. Their respective oeuvres are marked by a rigorous approach to their medium and a consistent and long-term exploration of their subjects. The city lies at the core of each artist’s oeuvre and the exhibition explores the the relationship between the urban infrastructure and its inhabitants, from topographies of neighbourhoods, streets and buildings to public gatherings and unguarded depictions of the people and groupings that populate it. Connecting to the tradition of street photography the images traverse documentary and create a broken narrative in which architecture and protagonists cohabit. The urban realm reveals itself as an infrastructure within and in relation to which the individual and group identity manifests itself. A geographic and historically specific meta-structure formed by inhabitants, which simultaneously forms its inhabitants, in a sometimes fraught interrelationship.

read more

Michael Schmidt's oeuvre, which extends over 50 years, is represented with works from key series. Since 1965, when the self-taught artist began taking photographs, Schmidt’s work has repeatedly engaged with the city of Berlin as he observed the changing urban landscape of his native city. Stadtbilder consists of grey-tone, small-format photographs, conveying an objective account of former West Berlin's repetitive architecture as the site of historical and social process. In the series Waffenruhe, Schmidt again depicts former West Berlin just before the fall of the wall in social scenes and unspecified places along and around the wall. The non-hierarchical but meticulously composed arrangements of charged images implicitly intertwines personal lives and historical events.

In the late 1970s Thomas Struth began to photograph various cities and streets to experiment with different exposures and compositions. Struth initially used the city as an architectural backdrop to portray the individual figure but quickly turned to systematically documenting ordinary streets. The focus was to document the everyday rather than the result of a subjective selection. His black and white photographs are always structured around a central perspective where the camera is placed on a tripod in the middle of the street. The exhibition includes photographs from the series Düsseldorf and Streets of New York.

Tobias Zielony photographs young minorities and subcultures in suburban areas around the world in work that touches on themes that include migration, drug abuse and sex work in series such as Jenny, Jenny and Maskirovka. In opposition to a repressive society, the youths portrayed have created their own groupings and contexts in carparks, petrol stations and malls at night. The photographs move beyond social reportage and try neither to interpret nor explain, but rather recall music videos. Zielony considers and describes the teenagers' behaviour in groups and as individuals, their dominance and frailty.

Thomas Struth, installation view

Thomas Struth, Düsseldorf, installation view

Thomas Struth, Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse, Düsseldorf 1979, 1979, silver gelatin print, 39.1 x 57.2 cm, 66 x 84 cm framed

Thomas Struth, Scheurenstrasse, Düsseldorf 1979, 1979, silver gelatin print, 39.1 x 57.2 cm, 66 x 84 cm framed

Thomas Struth, Kirchfeldstrasse, Düsseldorf 1976, 1976, silver gelatin print, 39.1 x 57.1 cm, 66 x 84 cm framed

Installation view

Michael Schmidt, Untitled (from Waffenruhe), 1985-87, gelatin silver bromide print, toned gold, framed by the artist, Group of 9 - 50,3 x 40,3 cm each, Overall dimensions: 150,9 x 120,9 cm

Tobias Zielony, Alles (Chemnitz), 2002 - 2017, transferred Super 8 flm, 3:2, color, silent

Thomas Struth, installation view

Thomas Struth, 99th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, Harlem 1978, 1978, silver gelatin print, 40 x 55.8 cm, 66 x 84 cm framed

Thomas Struth, 115th Street at 2nd Avenue, New York, Harlem 1978, 1978, silver gelatin print, 37 x 51.5 cm, 66 x 84 cm framed

Tobias Zielony, installation view

Tobias Zielony, Light (Maskirovka), 2017, framed archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm

Tobias Zielony, Aluminium (Maskirovka), 2017, framed archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm

Tobias Zielony, Winter (Maskirovka), 2017, framed archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm

Tobias Zielony, UFO (Maskirovka), 2017, framed archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm

Tobias Zielony, Model (Maskirovka), 2017, framed archival pigment print, 84 x 56 cm

Tobias Zielony, Secret (Maskirovka), 2017, framed archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm

Michael Schmidt, Untitled (from Stadtbilder (Menschen)), 1982/2009, gelatin silver bromide print, toned gold, framed by the artist, 102,5 x 86,3 cm

Michael Schmidt, Untitled (from Berlin Wedding), 1976-78

Michael Schmidt, Untitled (from Berlin Wedding), 1976-78, gelatin silver bromide print, toned gold, framed by the artist, Group of 3 - 44,2 x 46,7 cm each

Installation view

Thomas Struth, Pudong, Shanghai 1999, 1999, chromogenic print, 139.9 x 170.9 cm, 178 x 207 cm framed

Tobias Zielony, Jenny, Jenny, 2013

Tobias Zielony, Baum (Jenny, Jenny), 2013, framed C-print, 59 x 88 cm

Tobias Zielony, Parkplatz (Jenny, Jenny), 2013, framed C-print, 59 x 88 cm

Tobias Zielony, Raum (Jenny, Jenny), 2013, framed C-print, 88 x 59 cm

Michael Schmidt, Untitled (from Frauen), 1997-1999, gelatin silver bromide print, toned gold and framed by the artist, Group of 7 - 60.2 x 49.8 cm each