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»FOTOTREFF Berlin #29«

You are warmly invited to the 29th Fototreff meeting on Saturday, May 4 at 7 pm at STUDIO JACOB & REISCHEL in Berlin-Kreuzberg.


About colour, intution and longing. In May, Matthias Harder will be in conversation with Jessica Backhaus at FOTOTREFF #29.
Again and again, Jessica Backhaus seeks new forms of expression in order to communicate the interplay of realistic depiction and mysterious abstraction. The artist focuses on everyday objects and situations though continually observes the world through her camera in uncommon ways. Arrangements including still life, collages, and minimalistic colour and light experiments emerge from her unconstrained use of materials. At the center of attention will be the most current developments of her work on the basis of her series “Six Degrees of Freedom”, 2015 und “A Trilogy”, 2017. The talk will be held in German.

Jessica Backhaus
Jessica Backhaus was born in Cuxhaven, Germany in 1970 and grew up in an artistic family. She is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Marta Herford, Herford. Kunsthalle Erfurt dedicated a big institutional exhibitionto her work in 2013. Her photographs are also in many prominent art collections including Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Margulies Collection, Miami, and the Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt. Jessica Backhaus lives and works in Berlin.

Matthias Harder
Dr. Matthias Harder was born in Kiel, Germany in 1965. He studied art history, classical archeology and philosophy in Kiel and Berlin. He is member of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie as well as on the board of the European Month of Photography. Since 2004 he has been chief curator of Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin. He regularly publishes internationally in art magazines like Art in America, Aperture, Foam, Eikon or Photonews and also publishes articles in books and exhibition catalogues.

Jessica Backhaus at Robert Morat Gallery


In our still new format book slot we will have two guest this time. Tobias Kruse and Feng Li will be talking with each other about their new books. Tobias Kruse’s work “Material” is a visual treatise that leaves the straight path and moves beyond the lines of reason. How can our experiences, at times impalpable, be represented? On the one hand with an awareness of the creative power that the act of taking photographs holds within itself, and on the other an awareness of its futility, Tobias Kruse has spent the last years capturing the ineffable moments of life: the form of an object, the certainty of imminent injury, the birth of children and the happiness that can be read on their skin. He has collected these moments in an open, journal-like atlas of images that evokes the intensity of the present as much as the recurring erosion of time. “A lot of people call my work a diary, which it is obviously not.”, says Tobias Kruse. “It is many miniatures, a distillate.” He will have an opening at Galerie Robert Morat on May 10. Today he is presenting his book with us.

Feng Li has worked on “White Night” for more than 10 years. Skilled at shooting very intuitive street photos, he wanders the city Chengdu, delicately capturing the city’s human fauna in all its incredible postures. His photos tend to show chance encounters with an improbable cast of reality, its shopping streets, parks and restaurants. It seems that Feng Li is most at ease at close range rather than going on distant adventures, and it is almost in spite of himself that strange creatures find themselves stuck on his view finder. Feng Li has an eye only for the everyday and it is without effort that he discovers the most unusual scenes of the ordinary spectacle of life. We cordially thank Amelie Kahn-Ackermann, Jana Ritchie and Lars Dreiucker, who have curated his exhibition at Sprechsaal, (opening on April 26) for the opportunity to introduce Feng Li at Fototreff Berlin also.

Tobias Kruse at Robert Morat Gallery
Feng Li at Sprechsaal Berlin
Facebook Event Feng Li Sprechsaal


Furthermore, a series from our last Open Calls will be presented during the SHOW & TELL. We are looking forward to a presentation of John Gribben.

We already invite you to submit your own books and works for upcoming FOTOTREFF events now. We would like to put together an exciting program, like at the last photo meetings. As always, the same rule applies: unfinished work offers potential for discourse and so we prefer projects that are still in process. Please contact us at: ed.ni1669611095lreb-1669611095ffert1669611095otof@1669611095oilof1669611095trop1669611095.


FOTOTREFF Berlin is a photographers and editors meeting and open for everybody who is interested in contemporary photography. It provides a critical discourse and adresses topics such as authorship, editing and presentation from various artistic and documentary perspectives.

Please support us with a donation of 7/5 Euros.
Unfortunately our studio capacities are limited. Please come early.

FOTOTREFF Berlin is initiated by Pauline Friesecke, Tobias Laukemper, Vanya Pieters and Anna Charlotte Schmid.

Supported by:
PicDrop – Bildübertragung für Profifotografen
RENT ONE – Fototechnikverleih
DRS Delight Rental Services
Buch- und Offsetdruckerei H.Heenemann GmbH & Co. KG
Media Partner:
PiB – Photography in Berlin

FOTOTREFF #29: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 7 pm
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Prinzessinnenstraße 16 (Backyard, left entrance, 1st floor), 10969 Berlin
[Kreuzberg | Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg]

Admission: please support us by a donation of 7/5 Euros.
Unfortunately our studio capacities are limited. Please come early.

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