– Andrea Gnam
Documentary photography, half-timbered houses from the region around Siegen, timeless images of culture and society in the Siegerland. This list seems to allude inevitably to the well-known works of Bernd and Hilla Becher, their photographs of half-timbered buildings and industrial architecture. Since 2015, however, the statements also fit a Siegen Fine Art photographer who follows in the footsteps of the Bechers in staging house fronts. In a series of 19 architectural photographs, the artist shows selected Eiserfeld half-timbered houses in their current state.
With his pictures of the half-timbered houses of the Siegen industrial area, Thomas Kellner has reminded us of the beauty of the everyday that surrounds us and yet so often goes unnoticed. Based on the typology of the Bechers, he presents in his new book his 2021 pictures of the half-timbered buildings, which inspire with their color refraction and artistic blurring of the background. These half-timbered architectures, which have become commonplace in the region, reveal themselves here as real works of art with their detailed slate-façades and well-kept exteriors.
The Fine Art photographer shows us here through the lens of his camera a part of the history of his region. He has worked on architecture before, and so has already swept away countless people internationally.
Now represented by Klompching Gallery, New York, USA
Date of publication: 14. Februar 2021
Editor: Thomas Kellner
Author: Thomas Kellner / Andrea Gnam
Photography: Thomas Kellner
Design: Thomas Kellner
Language: Deutsch / Englisch
Dimensions: 24,5 cm x 30,5 cm
Processing: Softcover, Paperback