October 18, 2013 7:09 pm

Snapshot: ‘Wood (Lake Bork I)’

German-born artist Gerhard Stromberg’s painterly photographs reveal traces of human endeavour

The fifth photograph, by German-born artist Gerhard Stromberg, depicts with analytical precision the crisp light of an autumn day. The pink and rust colours of the remaining leaves on the spindly trees are made bright by the still grey lake. A low-lying boat is almost hidden behind a curtain of trees. Stromberg’s pictures reveal traces of human endeavour, scratches of mankind’s presence within the landscape – a tyre track, a beach with a group of girls, small planes on a tiny airstrip. Taught by influential photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Academy of Arts from 1980 to 1985, Stromberg’s own painterly photographs allude to work by the German Romantics. His first solo exhibition for 11 years (see slideshow below) is at Goldbergkunst in Goldberg, Germany, from October 18.

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