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Rainer Hosch - New York New York

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NYC 05.15.09 - 09:45:33 AM
Archival Pigment Print, 43 x 56 cm, 2009, ed. of 5 + 2 A.P
 

Rainer Hosch

NEW YORK
NEW YORK


De fleste genkender følelsen af ubehag ved at blive fotograferet. Vi forsøger at bevare en umiddelbarhed, men forandrer ansigtsudtryk og kropsholdning, når kameralinsen peger mod os. Om det adfærdsfænomen skrev franske Roland Barthes: >>Så snart jeg føler mig iagttaget af objektivet, ændres alt: jeg stiller mig i positur, jeg tillaver mig øjeblikkeligt en anden krop, jeg forvandler mig på forhånd til billede<<.

I Rainer Hosch’s gadefoto-serie fra New York er ingen på forhånd forvandlet til billeder. De ved ikke, de bliver fotograferet. Ingen stiller sig i positur eller ifører sig manierede kropsholdninger for at please fotografen. Vi får derimod den ægte vare fra gaderne i New York – fanget med et småt, håndholdt kamera, der gemmer sig i fotografens hånd.

Den etbenede mand, der under brun læderfrakke og rød hættetrøje sidder sammenkrummet i sin rullestol, spiller ikke skuespil – sådan, som vi ser ham på billedet, er hans tilværelse i dette øjeblik i en gyde et sted på Manhattan. Manden med den tatoverede, muskuløse krop og det afblegede hår, der lige er blevet svedt igennem i David Barton Gym, flekser musklerne, men ikke for kameraets skyld. Kvinden i den mørke frakke, hvis højre hånd fører en kop op til hendes mund, mens hun roligt iagttager et forbipasserende, sølvreflekterende tog, gør sig ikke til for kameralinsen, som hun ikke ved optager hende bagfra.

Det er ofte den mest inferiøre ting, der udgør det glimrende motiv på fotografiet. Det er den tilsyneladende ubetydelige detalje, der fortryller. Og gadefotografens fornemste opgave er at vise os det ekstraordinære ved bylivets ordinære øjeblikke. Og intuitivt og hurtigt trykke på udløseren og fange byttet i den lille kasse. Fotografen Henri Cartier-Bresson beskrev gadefotografens udfordring sådan: >>Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever<<.

Ofte har gadefotografi-genren en social-politisk fordring – med sit fokus på affaldet, slummen og de udstødte, alt det, der ikke er velkommen i storbyens glitrende gader. Men Rainer Hosch er ikke på en politisk færd. Han skyder på det hele og bevæger sig fra Broadway’s rækker af fine butikker over rå sidegader til undergrundens kunstige lys. Han interesserer sig for byens bevægelse, stedets ånd, og i særdeleshed alle de tusinder af særegne individer i kød og blod, der vandrer gennem det urbane rum, og som hver især sætter sit specielle aftryk i by landskabet. Hver dag, hver time, hvert minut, hvert sekund. Han dømmer dem ikke. Og beskueren af hans fotografier kan følgende frit udforske billederne og med egne øjne bedømme, hvorvidt projektet er melankolsk og råt eller opbyggeligt og livsbekræftende – eller en sammenblanding af opture og nedture.



Mag.art. Tom Hermansen


 

Rainer Hosch

NEW YORK
NEW YORK


Most of us know the feeling of discomfort when being photographed. We try to maintain a certain naturalness, but when the camera points our way, our expression and posture inevitably betray us. Commenting on this phenomenon, French semiotician Roland Barthes wrote, “As soon as I feel observed by the lens, everything changes: I put myself in a pose, immediately altering my body, transforming myself in advance into image.

No one is transformed into image in advance, however, in the street photography of Rainer Hosch, because no one knows they’re being photographed. There are no poses to please the photographer, no shifts of expression, no shying away. On the contrary, we are presented with the real thing — people on the streets of New York, transformed into image at the precise moment the photographer, a small camera hidden in his hand, decides.

The one-legged man sitting hunched in his wheelchair is not performing — we see him as he is, at this very moment, in this very alley. The muscle man with the tattoos and bleached hair, the one who has just come out of the David Barton Gym — he flexes his muscles, but not for us. The woman in the dark coat, raising a cup to her mouth as she quietly observes the silvery reflection of a passing train — she strikes no pose for the camera lens behind her back.
Often enough, it is the seemingly insignificant detail that draws our attention, enchanting us. The street photographer's primary task is to discover the extraordinary in ordinary moments of urban life, instantly, intuitively pressing the shutter and preserving the moment in a small box. Henri Cartier-Bresson described the challenge thus: “Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”

The street photography genre sometimes makes a social-political claim, focusing on waste, slums and the excluded — everything that’s not welcome on the glittering streets of a metropolis. But Rainer Hosch has no such agenda. He shoots it all, from the fancy stores to the rough side streets to the artificially lit subways. He is interested in the motion of the city, the spirit of the place and of all the thousands of unique, flesh-and-blood individuals bustling through it, each putting a special imprint on the urban landscape of New York, every day, every hour, every minute, every second. Rainer never judges them, though, and we as viewers are free to explore the photographs with our own eyes, deciding for ourselves whether the project is raw and melancholy, edifying and life affirming or a mix of ups and downs.

Mag.art. Tom Hermansen



Rainer Hosch

NEW YORK
NEW YORK


Vernissage Friday March 2nd, 2012 from 5 - 8 pm
The exhibition runs until March 24th, 2012


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Press Photos

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NYC 03.10.08 - 12:16:37 PM

Archival Pigment Print, 43 x 56 cm, 2008, ed. of 5 + 2 A.P



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NYC 08.17.09 - 11:35:25 AM
Archival Pigment Print, 43 x 56 cm, 2009, ed. of 5 + 2 A.P



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NYC 05.27.09 - 01:49:50 PM
Archival Pigment Print, 43 x 56 cm, 2009, ed. of 5 + 2 A.P



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NYC 05.15.09 - 09:45:33 AM
Archival Pigment Print, 43 x 56 cm, 2009, ed. of 5 + 2 A.P

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