Alexander Gehring was born 1981 in Bielefeld, Germany. He studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, as well as at the London College of Communication.
His photographic works deals with the ideas of the paranormal and the fantastic and the influence of that on our media culture.
Alexander Gehring lives and works in Berlin.
Messages from the Darkroom (2011)
Towards the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the development of new technologies–the telephone, the gramophone, as well as photography–flourished. Parallel to the technical inventions, the world of spiritualism and paranormal phenomena experienced a boom. Gehring’s work invokes this history, and his starting point is the double meaning of the German word “medium.” Gehring’s work asks if there are hidden correlations between new technical media and the psychics, between the contact of the psychic to the afterlife and the modern connection between two living people through the means of new technical media. Through his images, photographic technique, generally understood as a means of objectively capturing reality, is shown in a different light: here the camera itself reveals its own magical aura.