Florian Albrecht-Schoeck


* 1980 in Darmstadt, GER
lives in Offenbach

The photographs of Florian Albrecht-Schoeck direct the gaze at society and confront the observer with it. With his analog camera the artist observes and explores socio-political issues. However, his images, which he often captures on his travels, are not to be understood as a documentation of a certain area or region. In the series the detached central perspectives interact with compelling close-up shots. Thanks to the reliance on black-and-white film, the themes are ultimately removed from their context and lose their connection to a location. The artist does not attempt to explain, lesser still to define a term like „home“ and instead explores it in a socially critical way and treats it as a universal experience. The sharpness of the images, their clearly-structured compositions, and the deserted air of the themes create an atmosphere that goes far beyond pure documentation. Signs of human life are always evident even though people hardly ever feature in the photos. The calmness of the images, however contradictory this may seem, often evokes tension and a sense of irritation.

Florian Albrecht-Schoeck always develops his own photographs, often while on the road. He generally uses his sleeping bag as a dark room and disregards the rules about time and temperature. In other words, the chemical process is determined by the artist’s intuition. The streaks or scratches this method produces are equivalent to a distorted perception and refer back to the medium of analog film.



LOCATION:
Frankfurter Kunstverein


FLORIAN ALBRECHT-SCHOECK
From the series Humankapital, 2013–2014
photography, 100 100 cm
FLORIAN ALBRECHT-SCHOECK
From the series Humankapital, 2013–2014
photography, 100 100 cm