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. For the artist, the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Topanga feels like the final frontier. The Topanga Beach Series, ideated by accident became a daily ritual studying the fulfillment of arriving at the 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.