Moritz Partenheimer: Nacht / Night
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Moritz Partenheimer's photographs capture the peculiar and sometimes mysterious charm that public places and spaces exude at night. There is something alien and unapproachable to his deserted parking lots, desolate parks, and abandoned athletic facilities; some have the sinister aura of film sets the actors have fled. He explores the forbidding sides of the urban landscape to reveal its bizarre beauty, lending his subjects a distinctive identity. Like a movie director, Partenheimer (b. Munich, 1979; lives and works in Munich) plays a sophisticated game with the viewer's imagination. He trains his lens on fairly unspectacular scenes, places frequented by large numbers of people day after day. Their traces are impossible to overlook, but they themselves are absent from the pictures. In formally austere pictures defined by his rigorous focus on few selected objects, he paints the portrait of a fascinating surreal nocturnal world. Partenheimer's first monograph presents several series of photographs he shot in the United States between 2008 and 2014.
ISBN 9783954761272. Distanz Verlag.