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Rainer Hosch

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"Fog#1" 2017, inkjet eco solvent print on 265 grms MLFD grafiprint paper, edition of 7 + 2 AP, 140 x 175 cm, 55 x 69 in
Most people recognize the feeling of discomfort when being photographed. We make an effort to maintain an immediacy, but when the camera lens is pointing toward us we change facial expression and body posture. Commenting on this behavioral phenomenon the French philosopher Roland Barthes wrote: >>As soon as I feel observed by the lens, everything changes: I put myself in a pose, I immediately alter my body, I transform myself in advance into image<<

In Rainer Hosch’s street photography series from New York no one is pre-converted to images. They don’t know that they are being photographed. No one changes or stands in posture to please the photographer. On the contrary we are presented to the real thing from the streets of New York - caught with a small handheld camera, hiding in the photographer's hand.

The one-legged man in a brown leather coat and a red hooded sweatshirt sits hunched in his wheelchair playing no drama - such as we see him in the photograph is his life at this very moment in an alley somewhere in Manhattan. The man with the tattooed, muscular body and bleached hair has just been sweating in the David Barton Gym. He flexes his muscles, but not for the camera. The woman in the dark coat, whose right hand leads a cup to her mouth while she is quietly observing a passing silver reflective train, does not pose for the camera lens that is observing her from the back.
Often it is the most inferior things which constitute the great scene in the photograph. It's the seemingly insignificant detail that enchants. The street photographer's primary task is to show us the extraordinary in the ordinary urban life moments, and intuitively and quickly press the shutter and capture the special moment in the small box. The photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson described the challenge of the street photographer like this: >>OOP! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever<<

Often the street photography genre has a social-political claim - with focus on waste, slums and the excluded, everything that is not welcome in the glittering streets of a metropole. But Rainer Hosch does not have a political agenda. He shoots everything, ranging from the fancy stores of Broadway to the rough side streets and further on to the artificial light of the subway. He is interested in the motion of the city, the spirit of a place and especially all the thousands of unique individuals that in flesh and blood travels through the urban spaces, each of them putting a special imprint on the landscape of New York. Every day, every hour, every minute, every second. He is not judging them, and the viewer of his photographs are free to explore the images and with their own eyes decide whether the project is melancholy and raw or edifying and life-affirming - or a mix of ups and downs.

Mag.art. Tom Hermansen
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