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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.

Andres Medina - Río

Jun 04, 2014

»Río« started from the need to photograph the unconnected, strange and secluded places that are the surroundings of a river nearby Madrid, a big city. An intimate search having the landscape as a mirror of the human traces within a (suposedly) untouched environment.

Since 2011 I have been exploring the area around different rivers and registering places and routes created by man. Showing sites where man and Nature converge and create a bond that sometimes is not obvious, but certainly deep. This is an inner journey through the slow and quiet contemplation of Nature. Walking around the places, I want to go far beyond mere observation. I photograph the landscape in a calmy way, exploring places that are not inhabited but have always been there, crossing points where we have been and want to come back.

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.

Le nom qui efface la couleur

Jun 11, 2014 - Andres Medina

The latest work of the photographer Israel Ariño took place in the course of an artist residence in Nature Humaine (Le Blanc, France), during three months of the last autumm. Le nom qui efface la couleur is a book that searchs the idea of traveling and the exploration of the country from a new point of view, closer to mystic and abstract than the usual. A physical tour and a mental one at the same time; a path that means an stimulus for the photographer himself. Across the pages of this book we go through different stages which show us who are the inhabitants of the place, emerge the unexpected apparitions, the longing to stare and observe just for questioning oneself its own doing. This work is a loyal reflection of who is gazing, someone who has the curiosity to go deeply into the surrounded reality and extract something beyond the obvious. (more…)

Collective photobooks workshop: ‘Memory’

Jun 10, 2014 - Andres Medina

I´ve always heard that when I was a child, I used to entertain myself at home by looking at the family albums over and over again. My memories from that time are quite clear, although sometimes I am not entirely sure whether they are only reminiscences or just a mental construction based on these pictures I´ve seen so many times. Because photography, among other things, is an object of memory itself; it tells stories, keeps secrets and recalls nostalgia. Andrés Medina and I came up with the idea of organising a workshop on the shared memory. The goal was to create a collective photobook with the participants' pictures. However, it wasn´t as simple as that: no one was allowed to identify their own work in order to put the photographies at the service of the narrative. (more…)