[Photographer, b. 1955, Leipzig, Germany, lives in Dusseldorf.]
In retrospect I can see that my desire to create abstractions has become more and more radical. Art should not be delivering a report on reality, but should be looking at what’s behind something.
Since the photographic medium has been digitized, a fixed definition of the term “photography” has become impossible.
A word is worth a thousand images.
I read a picture not for what’s really going on there, I read it more for what is going on in our world generally.
I stand at a distance, like a person who comes from another world.
My preference for clear structures [within my photographic practice] is the result of my desire, perhaps illusory, to keep track of things and maintain my grip on the world.
Paradoxically, this view of the Rhine cannot be obtained in situ; a fictitious construction was required to provide an accurate image of a modern river. (On his photograph Rhein II)
[M]y pictures really are becoming increasingly formal and abstract. A visual structure appears to dominate the real events shown in my pictures. I subjugate the real situation to my artistic concept of the picture. (1998)