Inge Dick, Shirine Gill, Hubertus Hamm, Stefan Heyne, Marta Hoepffner, Joseph Minek, Regine Schumann and Jan Tichy
More Light! Contemporary Positions of Abstract Photography
The history of photography is founded on a mythical basis: as in the Gospel of John, it seems as if, around the mid-19th century, the light shone in the darkness and, once again, the latter failed to seize the former. On 6 January 1839, the French newspaper “Gazette de France” reported on an invention that would “put to shame all theories about light and optics”. A few weeks before, the French painter Louis Daguerre had, by way of a “camera obscura”, succeeded in capturing sun light on a light-sensitive surface: one of the great revolutions of modernity. Henceforth, it was possible to materialize that which, on closer inspection, was in fact invisible: natural sunlight. It seemed as if all ideas about time, space, the world and reality had to be re-evaluated.