Julian N. Ronnefeldt

b. Essen; based London 1993 - 2004; Studied St Martins and Westminster College; based Berlin since 2004.

I started my photographic work in Germany in the nineties, experimenting with B/W photography, being strongly influenced by the likes of Bresson, Capa, Lee Miller, Man Ray and others from the 1920's photography/art circles surrounding the Dada and Surrealist movements. Parallel to this development I worked for advertising and people photographers in Duesseldorf and Essen. Through this I learned to work in the studio environment, which strongly influenced my photographic expression. With technics such as multi/long time exposures, photogramm and exploring different surfaces with photographic emulsion I explored the boundaries of traditional B/W photography with concentration of the human being in its environments as well as taking the human out of its normal habitat and reduce it to its purest physical form.

PRINTMAKING

SILVER GELATIN PRINTS HANDPAINTED ON CANVAS
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PHOTOGRAPHY

 
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FROM THE SERIES "RUSSIAN DIALECTIC" silver gelatin prints  

SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION

 
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As well as breathing new life into space that has died, temporally expropriating the spaces meaning to take it out of its context in order to highlight its physical existence and at the same time its non existence in a fixed meaning. Working in site specific appeals to me because it is a practise that combines two essential elements: the concept and the element of chance. the preplanning and the spontaneous act of creation, according to what the site has on offer - which helps me to discover new aspects of my original idea and which I believe feeds back to the visitor being involved in something that is still evolving.

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