Olaf Otto Becker
Olaf Otto Becker - F35, 2, Island 1999
F35, 2, Island 1999
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Olaf Otto Becker

Taken in the clear light of the midnight sun, and therefore almost shadowless, these photographs offer breathtaking views of an untouched landscape from a remote part of our planet. Olaf Otto Becker (*1959 in Travemünde) brings us images of overwhelming beauty, the result of his adventurous journeys in a rubber raft across the icy seas of Greenland. Like Under the Nordic Light, his series from Iceland, the photographs possess a certain melancholy and stillness reminiscent of the grandeur of Romantic landscape painting. At the same time, the outlook of an unperturbed explorer and his recording of exact location when photographing turns them into testimonies to a time when an increasingly warm climate is precipitating the disappearance of the glaciers. In this way, the images record the artist’s awe at the beauty of creation—as well as the dangers facing it.

Petra Giloy-Hirtz

Biography
1959
born in Travemünde/Germany
1989
Abschluss Dipl. Kommunikationsdesign Augsburg, Schwerpunkt Fotografie
1989/1991
Freelanced designer
seit 2003
ausschließlich fotografisch orientierte Projekte, freier Mitarbeiter des New York Times Magazine
Solo Exhibitions
2011
Stadthaus Ulm
2009
The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen
2009
Cohen Amador Gallery New York
2009
Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen
2009
Northbound, Alfred Ehrhard Stiftung Köln
2008
Galerie f.5.6 München
2008
Cohen Amador Gallery, New York
2007
Gallery Stephen Cohen, Los Angeles
2007
Galerie Münsterland
2006
Cohen Amador Gallery, New York
2006
Galerie Hartmann, München
2005
Rotonda, Galerie Thomas Zander, Köln
2004
Galerie AV Ludwigsburg
2003
Galerie Hartmann, München
Group Exhibitions
2009
Gratwanderung, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren
2009
AIPAD New York
2009
B-sides, Galerie f5,6
2008
Keine Angst, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen
2008
New York Photofestival
2007
Museum for Photography, Reykjavík
2007
Art Cologne
2006
Ebersberger Kunstverein
2005
Paris Photo, Galerie Thomas Zander
2005
Stuttgarter Fotosommer 2005
2004
Städtische Galerie Überlingen
2003
Paris Photo, Schaden.com, Köln
Corporate Collections
2008
Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York
2006
Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas USA
2004
Städtische Galerie Überlingen
Awards
2008
Lead Award
2007
Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2008 für „Broken line“
2006
Förderung der VG Bild und des Kulturfond der BRD für Projekt „Broken line“
2006
„Unter dem Licht des Nordens“ auf der Liste der besten Bücher 2006 in Arles
2006
„Unter dem Licht des Nordens“ Auswahltitel „Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2006“
2005
BjV-Preis 2005
Publications
2011
Under the Nordic Light, mit einem Text von Petra Giloy-Hirtz, Hatje Cantz
2009
Above Zero, Hatje Cantz
2009
Contemporary German & International Landscape Photography
2008
New York Times Magazine, Bolivia
2008
Keine Angst, Exhibition Catalog Kunstverein Ludwigshafen
2008
Verschwindende Landschaften, Dumont
2008
Visual Leaders 2008
2007
Broken Line , Hatje Cantz
2006
Exhibition Catalog Ebersberger Kunstvereins
2006
Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography
2005
Olaf Otto Becker „Unter dem Licht des Nordens“
Verlag Schaden.com Köln,
2005
Exhibition Catalog „Stuttgarter Fotosommer 2005“
2004
Exhibition Catalog Museums Überlingen
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