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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Alex Cretey Systermans - PRESQU'ILE

Jun 15, 2016

Presqu'ile is a lovely french word for "peninsula". In french, litterally, presqu'ile means "almost island". Initiated in 2009, the “Presqu’ile” series was the introduction to a larger long term project about small islands : “The Books of Islands” explores remote islands as models where the beauty, the complex history, the mythology and contemporary issues woven into the places and singular moments.

Artist Blog

The blog of Der Greif is written entirely by the artists who have been invited to doing an Artist-Feature. Every week, we have a different author.

Paul Rousteau

Jun 22, 2016 - Alex Cretey Systermans

Benjamin Schmuck

- Alex Cretey Systermans

Benjamin Schmuck is a French photographer born in 1989. He studied at the Gobelin school. Benjamin also works as  photo editor for "Itineraire d'une cuisine contemporaine", a beautiful French contemporary cuisine magazine.  "Ravitaillé par les corbeaux" This series was shot between 2013 and 2015 : A 45 pictures project all about our fascination fort sky and space, mixing documentary photographs like portraits of amateur astronomers and personal pictures about  weightlessness. more at

Alexi Hobbs

Jun 21, 2016 - Alex Cretey Systermans

My friend Alexi is a fine-art and editorial photographer from Montreal. Hobbs' photographs are diaristic in nature, and often revolve around the exploration of ambiguously implied narratives emerging from the juxtaposition of images, where tension rises from the layering of possible meanings. Alexi's gift of the narrative brings us along on his insightful explorations of place and subject, finding connecting tissue in that most evasive of qualities, mood. His work has been exhibited in Canada, the USA and in Russia. In 2012, and again in 2013, Alexi was selected as a winner in the Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward competition for emerging photographers. Alexi Hobbs also regularly shoots editorial work for publications such as Time, Monocle, Dwell, enRoute and The New York Times, among many more, and loves every minute of it. "Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently — instead, a quantum state must be described for the system as a whole." - Wikipedia The work presented here is the product of an ongoing collaboration between Alexi Hobbs and AJ Hélie.

Dafy Hagai

Jun 20, 2016 - Alex Cretey Systermans

Dafy Hagai is getting  more and more successful.  I finally managed to find her book recently in a nice little bookshop in Amsterdam. This body of work, photographed by a girl,  is all about girl power and the power of girls. More at

Without your space helmet

Jun 18, 2016 - Alex Cretey Systermans

[/audio] photo: Alex Cretey Systermans / Sound : Jon Hopkins « Light Through The Veins » (Insides – Domino Recording Co. 2008 Without Your Space Helmet is a collaborative project I 'm playing with sound illustrator Hugues Viardot. This is a team experiment where photography and music are mixed together. In these times of fast consumption of images and sounds, we believe that this experiment might slow down looking at pictures and help rediscover contemplation. The photographer submits one photo to the sound illustrator, who then has to find the adequate music. Sometimes the sound illustator would submit one music to the photographer and then likewise he has to find the right picture for it. The project will hopefully turn into a physical (visual and audio) exhibition in 2017. See the whole collection : here.

Welcome to the First Dark Sky Island

Jun 17, 2016 - Alex Cretey Systermans

Christmas Everyday

Jun 16, 2016 - Alex Cretey Systermans

For my first posts as guest artist I wanted to share some outtakes from The Books of Islands introduced by the Presqu’île series that is my artist-feature this week. This ongoing project is collection of books to be published. Every book focuses to a specific small island. While Presqu’île focuses on landscapes in a small peninsula in Normandy, Christmas Everyday holds back to singular moments on Christmas Island. This island is a small remote Australian territory in the Indian ocean. The place is looking like paradise dream island but reveals an overwhelming history.