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Life and Work

Joachim Brohm © H.C. Ottersbach + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Joachim Brohm creates image archives dedicated to the structural transformation of our civilization’s peripheries over time. His pictures seem objective, distanced, almost casual. But his unembellished depictions of everyday life are idiosyncratic in their restrained palette and compositional precision. A profound interest in what is photographed and knowledge of the character of photography are integral parts of his creative process.

Joachim Brohm is one of the pioneers of documentary color photography in the European context. Inspired by the latest developments in American photography, which he knew from specialist publications, he began to photograph in color in 1978, while many artists in Germany still sought their expression in black-and-white photography.

While still studying at the Folkwangschule in Essen, Brohm began working on »Ruhr« – a kind of inventory of his immediate surroundings, the Ruhr area, with a special focus on sites of leisure. With a scholarship from the Fulbright Commission, Brohm arrived at Ohio State University in Columbus in 1983/84 and studied with Alan Sekula. The camera was his a constant companion on his daily wanderings through the city. The results was »Ohio«.

Several photographic series would follow. In »Areal«, Brohm documented the use and development of an industrial area on the outskirts of Munich for eleven years starting in 1992. »Culatra« bears the name of a Portuguese island which he regularly visited for the work from 2008 to 2010. Interesting in this context is a development towards the motif, which also proves itself as a single picture beyond the series. Around the same time, Brohm used a photography project curated by Thomas Weski, »Ruhrblicke 2010«, as an opportunity to resume his project »Alma«, He had already made the racetrack on the now defunct site of Alma colliery in Gelsenkirchen the subject of a photo series in 1987. In »Culatra« and »Alma 2009«, the artist's approach is increasingly oriented towards conceptual relationships.

From 2012 on, he started creating individual photographic images, among other things, that were no longer attributable to a serial context or specific location. A predilection for constructions sites, often precarious and bizarre, as well as for modern architecture, which was already evident in his early works, now served as a connecting element within various projects. The Bauhaus and Mies van der Rohe’s architecture are recurring subjects that Brohm deliberately uses the aesthetic means of modernist photographers, including the occasional black and white, to depict.

Brohm sees the work on his own archive as part of his artistic work, including the digitization of his early works. In 2014, 35 photographs of allotment gardens in the Rhineland taken as early as 1979 were summarized as »Typology 1979« and presented to the public.

Since 1984, Brohms' work has been regularly shown in renowned museums and exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Numerous monographs are dedicated to him.

Biography

1955 born in Dülken, DE
1977 – 1983 studies visual communication and photography, Essen University GHS/Folkwang, DE
1983/84 studies at the Department of Photography and Cinema, Ohio State University, Columbus/Ohio, US
1987 lecturer, Northern Illinois University, Salzburg College, Salzburg, AT (also 1992)
1987 – 1992 lecturer, Technical Universities Dortmund and Bielefeld, DE
1991 visiting artist, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago/Illinois, US
1993 professor of photography, Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig, DE
2001/02 visiting Professor, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, Zürich, CH
2003 – 2011 rector, Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig, DE

Prizes and Awards

1988 Stipendium für Zeitgenössische Deutsche Fotografie der Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung, Essen, DE
1985 Stipendium für Bildende Kunst des Deutsch-Französischen Jugendwerks, DE
1983 Fulbright Studienstipendium USA, US

Works (Selection)

Joachim Brohm, Culatra 08: Tractor # 2, 2008, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Culatra 08: Tractor # 2, 2008, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Tin Facade, 2015, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Tin Facade, 2015, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Culatra 08: Beach, 2008, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Culatra 08: Beach, 2008, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Mies, Tugendhat House, Brno, Closet (from the series "State of M"), 2015, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Mies, Tugendhat House, Brno, Closet (from the series "State of M"), 2015, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Cat. I S (Kopie) (Kopie) (from the series "Typology 1979"), 1979/2014, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Cat. I S (Kopie) (Kopie) (from the series "Typology 1979"), 1979/2014, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Cat. I S (Kopie) (Kopie) (from the series "Typology 1979"), 1979/2014, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Cat. I S (Kopie) (Kopie) (from the series "Typology 1979"), 1979/2014, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Cat. I S (Kopie) (Kopie) (from the series "Typology 1979"), 1979/2014, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Gropius House, Dessau, 2015, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Waterfront, 2015, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Untitled (Eight Windows), 2015, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, MMS BW I (from the series "Mies Model Study (Golf Club) 2013-14"), 2014, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, MMS C X (from the series "Mies Model Study (Golf Club) 2013-14"), 2014, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, MMS BW III (from the series "Mies Model Study (Golf Club) 2013-14"), 2014, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Boat Interior, 2008, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Facade#2, 2009, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Culatra 09: Lane, 2009, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, Culatra 08: Pond, 2008, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, B II Alma 2009 (Kopie) (Kopie), 2009, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Joachim Brohm, B III Alma 2009 (Kopie) (Kopie) (from the series "Alma 2009"), 2009, © Joachim Brohm, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2019 Two Rivers. Joachim Brohm/Alec Soth, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, DE
2018 Ohio, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hanover, DE
2016 State of M, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg, Magdeburg, DE
2015 Mies Model Study, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica/CA, US
Joachim Brohm, Valentina Seidel: Not A House/But A Face, Fotohof Galerie, Salzburg, AT
Not a House, Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, DE
2014 Vernacular & Modern, Grimaldi Gavin, London, GB
Typology 1979, Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, DE
2013 Places and Edges, Brancolini Grimaldi, London, GB
2011 Color, Landesgalerie Linz im Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz, AT
Culatra, Kicken Berlin, Berlin, DE
Ohio, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica/CA, US
2010 Color, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, DE
Culatra. CEAM, Quinta de Marim, Olhão, PT
2009 Joachim Brohm, Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, DE
Brohm/Ottersbach ‒ Culatra/Areal, Beck & Eggeling new quarters, Dusseldorf, DE
Brohm/Ottersbach ‒ Culatra/Areal, Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer, Cologne, DE
2008 select.jp Joachim Brohm, Valentina Seidel, Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer, Cologne, DE
2007 Ohio, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, DE
Joachim Brohm, Kicken Berlin, Berlin, DE
Ruhr, Josef-Albers-Museum Quadrat, Bottrop, DE
2005 Fahren, Städtische Galerie, Ravensburg, DE
Areal, Goethe-Institut, London, GB
2004 Joachim Brohm & Paul Casaer, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, Antwerp, BE
Joachim Brohm & Jim Stone, Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie, Essen, DE
Areal, Frehrking Wiesehöfer, Cologne, DE
2003 Areal, Stadtmuseum, Munich, DE
Areal, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica/CA, US
Areal, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Muenster, DE
2002 Areal, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, CH
Joachim Brohm, Frehrking Wiesehöfer, Cologne, DE
Joachim Brohm, Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie, Essen, DE
2000 Joachim Brohm, KunstRaum Klaus Hinrichs, Trier, DE
Areal in Progress, Goethe-Institut, Rome, IT
1999 Areal (in Progress), Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg, AT
1998 Joachim Brohm: Fotografie, Huis a/d Werf, Utrecht, NL
1996 Joachim Brohm & Volker Heinze, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf, DE
1995 Joachim Brohm, Galerie der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, DE
1992 Joachim Brohm, Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg, AT
1991 Joachuim Brohm ‒ Fotografie, Kunstverein Lingen, Lingen, DE
Joachim Brohm: Fotografien 1986‒1990, Fotomuseum im Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, DE
1990 Joachim Brohm, Fons Brasser: Berlin ‒ Berlin, Galerie Perspectief, Rotterdam, NL
Joachim Brohm: Industriezeit, Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE
1988 Joachim Brohm: Orte ‒ Zeiten ‒ Geschichte/n, Spectrum Photogalerie im Sprengel Museum, Hanover, DE
1986 Französische Zeitzone, Fotoforum Bremen, Bremen, DE
1984 America Inside/Out, Ohio State University Gallery of Fine Art, Columbus/Ohio, US

Group exhibitions (selection)

2019 Moderne. Ikonografie. Fotografie. Das Bauhaus und die Folgen 1919‒2019, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magedburg, Magdeburg, DE
Inside/Outside, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica/CA, US
2018 Drive Drove Driven, FO.KU.S, Innsbruck, AT
2017 Strange Beauty, Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, DE
Work & Leisure, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, The Cube, Eschborn, DE
Umbrüche Industrie – Landschaft – Wandel, Situation Kunst, Museum Unter Tage, Bochum, DE
Il deserto rosso now – Photographische Reaktionen auf Antonionis Filmklassiker, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, DE
Make New History, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago, US
Blick in die Sammlung: Industrie als Motiv, Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, DE
2016 The Trinity Project, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, US
Das rebellische Bild/The Rebellious Image, Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE
Outskirts/Randlagen, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, DE
Transiciones, PHotoESPAÑA, Circulo des Bellas Artes, Madrid, ES
Hütte, Zaun und Horizont, Kommunale Galerie Berlin, Berlin, DE
Red Desert now!, Linea di Confine per la Fotografia Contemporanea, Rubiera, IT
Made in Germany. German Photography from the the 19th Century until Today, Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen, CN
Referenz ‒ Im Kontext Mies van der Rohe, NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, DE
Pars pro Toto, Galerie Lelong, Zurich, CH
2015 Human Nature – Art Collection Deutsche Börse, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, DE
Green City: Geformte Landschaft – Vernetzte Natur. Das Ruhrgebiet in der Kunst, Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen, Oberhausen, DE
Ikonen und Konzepte – August Sander to Jim Dine, Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg, Berlin, DE
Ein Baum ist ein Baum ist ein Baum..., Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf, DE
2014 Industrial Worlds 014, MAST Collection, Bologna, IT
Einszueins. Lehrende und Meisterschüler, Kunsthalle der Sparkasse Leipzig, Leipzig, DE
Unbeugsam und ungebändigt. Dokumentarische Fotografie um 1979, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE
Human Nature, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Eschborn, DE
2013 Schenkung Herbert Lange, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, DE
Concrete – Fotografie und Architektur, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, CH
kuratiert von Paul Graham, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, CH
Industrial Worlds, MUST Collection, Bologna, IT
Crossing Views, Kunstverein Marburg, Marburg, DE
Re-Seeing the Permanent Collection: The Viewer´s Choice, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, US
2012 Motodrom Gelsenkirchen: Joachim Brohm und Peter Freise, bild.sprachen Stadtteilgalerie, Gelsenkirchen, DE
I Startled the Natives, Galerie Luisotti, Santa Monica, US
2011 Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, US
Aspects of Color: A History of Color in Photography from Pictorial to Contemporary, Kicken Berlin, Berlin, DE
Industriezeit, Münchener Stadtmuseum, Munich, DE
Nachrichten aus der Zwischenstadt, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE
2010 Set 7, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, CH
New Topographics, Landesgalerie Linz im Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz, AT
Objectivity in German Photography 1960-2000, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, US
2009 Visions of our Time. 10 Years of Photography at Deutsche Börse, C/O Berlin, Berlin, DE
2008 Standort Alltag – Everyday Ideologies, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg, Magdeburg, DE
2007 What does the jellyfish want?, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE
2006 30 Years. A Curator’s Choice, Kicken Berlin, Berlin, DE
2005 Landscape in Flux, Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, US
Multiple Räume: Park, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, DE
2004 Mixed Farming, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, NL
Best of..., Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, DE
Riebesehl, Vertretung des Landes Niedersachsen beim Bund, Berlin, DE
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, CN
2003 Stipendiaten der Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE
Keep on looking, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, DE
Jede Fotografie ein Bild, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, DE
2002 Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, DE
Landschaft, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Wilhelmshaven, DE
2001 Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, NL
Trade, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, CH
2000 Unschärferelation, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, DE
1999 Inside ‒ Out, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, AT
1996 The act of seeing (urban space), Fondation pour l'architecture, Brussels, BE
1995 From Icon to Irony, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, US
1994 Siemens Fotoprojekt, Sprengel Museum, Hanover, DE
1992 Surface Readings, The Photographers' Gallery, London
1988 Young European Photographers, Foto Fest Houston, Houston, US
1987 Remnants of Authenticity, International Center of Photography, New York, US
Können Bilder denken?, Kunstverein Lingen, Lingen, DE
1986 Reste des Authentischen. Deutsche Fotobilder der 80er Jahre, Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE

EXHIBITIONS AT BECK & EGGELING (SELECTION)

Publications

Joachim Brohm. Typology 1979

Joachim Brohm. Typology 1979

  • Artist: Joachim Brohm
    Editor: MACK
    Text: Ulf Erdmann Ziegler
    Design: Joachim Brohm, Grégoire Pujade-Lauraine
  • English, German
    Hardcover, 24 cm x 26 cm
    104 pages, 35 illustrations
  • MACK, 2014
    ISBN 978-1-90794664-6
  • sold out
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Brohm Ottersbach – Culatra Areal

Brohm Ottersbach – Culatra Areal

  • Artists: Joachim Brohm, Heribert C. Ottersbach
    Editor: Kirsten Nordahl
    Text: Thomas Wagner
    Design: www.Sehsam.de
  • German, English
    Hardcover, 24,8 x 28,8 cm
    96 pages, 60 illustrations
  • Steidl Verlag, 2009
    ISBN 978-3-86521960-2
  • sold out
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Further publications

bibliography

Joachim Brohm, Valentina Seidel: Why is that smoke yellow?/Perquè quel fumo è giallo?
Osservatorio Fotografico, Ravenna, 2017
Joachim Brohm, Valentina Seidel: Trinity
Snoeck, Köln 2016
Text: Karin Irvine
Joachim Brohm: Typology 1979
Mack, London, 2014
Text: Ulf Erdmann Ziegler
Joachim Brohm: Color
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln, Landesgalerie Linz im Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz, Schirmer/Mosel, München, 2010
Text: Gabrielle Conrath-Scholl
Joachim Brohm: Ohio
Thomas Weski (Hrsg.), Steidl, Göttingen, 2009
Text: Thomas Weski, Vince Leo
Brohm Ottersbach ‒ Culatra Areal
Kirsten Nordahl (Hrsg.), Steidl, Göttingen, 2009
Text: Thomas Wagner
Joachim Brohm: Ruhr
Heinz Liesbrock (Hrsg.), Steidl, Göttingen, 2007
Text: Heinz Liesbrock
fahren. Joachim Brohm
Claudio Hils, Thomas Knubben (Hrsg.), Städtische Galerie Ravensburg, Schaden Verlag, Köln, 2005
Text: Peter Piller
Joachim Brohm: Areal
Steidl, Göttingen, 2002
Text Regina Bittner, Urs Stahel
areal in progress, ein fotografisches projekt 1992‒2002
Edition Fotohof, Salzburg, 1999
Text: Moritz Küng, Joachim Brohm
Joachim Brohm, Volker Heinze
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 1996
Text: Raimund Stecker
Joachim Brohm: Kray
Timm Rautert (Hrsg.), Edition der Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig im Plitt Verlag, Oberhausen, 1995
Text: Heinz Liesbrock, Thomas Weski
Joachim Brohm
Galerie Fotohof, Salzburg, 1992
Text: Peter Friese
Joachim Brohm: 1987
Kunstverein Lingen, Lingen/Ems, 1991
Text: Heiner Schepers
Joachim Brohm: Industriezeit
Museum Folkwang, Essen, 1990
Text: Ute Eskildsen
Joachim Brohm. Berlin 1990
Thomas Weski (Hrsg.), Siemens Kulturprogramm, Siemens AG Berlin, München, 1990
Text: Vince Leo


WEITERFÜHRENDE LITERATUR (Auswahl) / OTHER BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS (selection):
Concrete ‒ Photography and Architecture, Urs Stahel (Hrsg.) Fotomuseum Winterthur, Scheidegger & Spiess, Zürich, 2013

XL Photography 4, Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, 2011

Industriezeit. Fotografien 1845-2010, Ulrich Pohlmann & Thomas Scheutle (Hrsg.), Münchner Stadtmuseum, Ernst Wasmuth Verlag, Tübingen, 2011 (Text: Ulrich Pohlmann, Thomas Scheutle)

Leipzig. Fotografie seit 1839, Thomas Liebscher (Hrsg.), Passage Verlag, Leipzig, 2011 (Text: Christoph Tannert u.v.a.)

Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven, Bureau for Open Culture (Hrsg.), Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus/Ohio, 2011 (Text: James Voorhies u.a.)

New Topographics, Texte und Rezeption, Landesgalerie Linz im Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum & Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur (Hrsg.), Fotohof Edition, Salzburg, 2010

Ruhrblicke: Becher, Berges, Brohm, Feldmann, Gursky, Hanzlova, Höfer, Koch, Neudörfl, Sasse, Struth, Thomas Weski, Heike Kramer (Hsrg.), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2010 (Text: Sigrid Schneider, Thomas Weski)

Standort Alltag ‒ Everyday Ideologies, Annegret Laabs, Uwe Gellner (Hrsg.), Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, 2009 (Text: Annegret Laabs, Uwe Gellner)

Künstler & Fotografien 1959‒2007, Museum Ludwig Köln, Barbara Engelbach (Hrsg.), Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, 2007 (Text: Bodo von Dewitz, Barbara Engelbach, Herbert Molderings, Herta Wolf)

Bilanz in zwei Akten. Sammlung Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, Sabine Schormann (Hrsg.), Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, Richter Verlag, Düsseldorf, 2005

Park ‒ Zucht und Wildwuchs in der Kunst, Johannes Bilstein, Mathias Winzen (Hrsg.), Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, 2005

Jede Fotografie ein Bild. Siemens Fotosammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne, Sammlung Moderne Kunst, Dumont Verlag, München, 2004 (Text: Ulrich Bischoff, Inka Graeve Ingelmann, Thomas Weski)

Mixed Farming. The Changing Agrarian Landscape, Fotomuseum Rotterdam, SKOR, Amsterdam/NAi Publishers, Rotterdam, 2004

Landschaft. Fotografien von Robert Adams, Joachim Brohm, Laurenz Berges, Bernhard Fuchs, Simone Nieweg, Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung, Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, 2002 (Text: Robert Adams, Heinz Liesbrock, Thomas Weski)

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