Lives and works in Los Angeles
Rainer Hosch’s migration from Vienna to New York City and finally Los Angeles has informed the evolution of his photographic practice. In New York City, he focused on documenting the streets, observing urban spaces with raw edges and most importantly the people within. The exploration of street photography is rooted in his work as a portraitist.
Hosch’s second solo exhibition featured black and white portraits or more accurately mug shots of popular culture icons. When he arrived in Los Angeles, Hosch and his family moved to Topanga Canyon, removed from the dense urbanity of the city.
"The intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway and Topanga always felt like the final frontier in my mind, a place where America ends and a new horizon begins. My journey from Vienna to New York City and finally to Los Angeles led me incrementally closer to the beach. Over the past three years it has become my daily ritual to document the horizon. In contrast to the shifting environment of sand, ocean and sky, the camera remains still, a steady witness to the developing subject of Topanga Beach."
The latest body of work examines a changing landscape while testing the intricacies of Large and Medium format film and meditates on the long journey west.