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Nicolai Howalt – Car Crash Studies

Jul 23, 2018 - Andre Viking

Another great series I admire and want to share with you is the series Car Crash Studies by Nicolai Howalt. I’ve assisted Nicolai and he has taught me a lot. Not necessarily on a technical basis but much about ways to think photography and how to use it as a tool for investigation. This work challenges the viewer and their understanding of the medium in such a great way.


“In between confrontation and silent contemplations, Car Crash Studies is a photographic study of cars that have been involved in severe and fatal accidents.

While the car crash studies are typographical, and in some instances close to sterile accident report photographs, the series move between documentation and abstraction, confronting the viewer with the human fear of trauma and death.
Several of the images are vividly abstract and look more like landscapes than slashed up metal. Collided bodyworks, dents and cracks in varnish appear as highly enlarged details in the monumental works. These ‘color plains’ become the ultimate instance of beauty created from suffering, pain and destruction”