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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.

Artur Krutsch - THULE — the farthest island

Oct 29, 2014

A place constructed by poems, stories, maps, legends and movies. Construction and reality blend into one another. I grab the myth and the collective fiction of Thule, take them further and create a feeling, an idea of a place that never existed.

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.

Gold Coast, Australia

Nov 03, 2014 - Artur Krutsch

Gold Coast, 2013 Chevron patterned hardcover with pale pink screen printed box, featuring diamond shape cut out. 24  x 28.5 centimeters in size, 132 pages with 72 colour images. Additional newspaper zine insert. Offset printing on matte coated paper.

Buy here.

BIBLE by Momo Okabe

Nov 02, 2014 - Artur Krutsch

It’s rough, almost impassable, this second book by Japanese female  photographer Momo Okabe. It’s full of messy colours, but still monochrome somehow. The photos show the years after the tsunami and an intimate, physical relationship between struggled characters. “Everything was destroyed by that tragedy, but I also felt energy arising out from the zero state. My intimate work was made around the same time I was taking photographs of the site, so I thought that there must be some connection between the two. I realised that my sexual experiences are just the same as the fear, despair and anger of facing death caused by the tsunami. It seemed so similar to the violent energy arising from the bottom of my body.” BIBLE Momo Okabe Published by Session Press in May 2014

And Every Day Was Overcast – an illustrated novel

Oct 30, 2014 - Artur Krutsch

"The space center's proximity to my backyard came to signify an intersection between heaven and hell. Florida was somewhere between the two; it was America's phantom limb, a place where spaceships were catapulted out into the cosmos. Alligators emerged from brackish water. Vultures and hawks circled above. Mosquitoes patrolled the atmosphere at eye level. We shared an ocean with sharks and dolphins. There were no seasons, only variations of humidity. Time slithered, festering in a damp wake of recollections.

I believed in the Bermuda Triangle. I thought it would move in over Florida one night. By dusk an unknown force would vaporize us through a tear in the atmosphere. We'd be stuck, wandering in a parallel version of the same place, unaware that we were dead but dreaming.

People came here to vanish." (Paul Kwiatkowski – And Every Day Was Overcast, 2013)
I don't know many books, that seamlessly combine photography and literature in a compelling way, but Paul Kwiatkowski’s And Every Day is Overcast works out just perfectly. Kwiatkowski takes sketchy photos of the time, when he grew up in South Florida in the 90s and mix them up with a fictional coming of age story. You should read the review in ASX and buy the book. Do you know any exciting examples of works combining photography and literary text? – Please tell me: