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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.

Patrick Gookin - Los Angeles 2012- 2017

Oct 31, 2018

In my Los Angeles work made between 2012 and 2017, my attention was set on the city’s isolated pedestrians, parking lots, and sad trees. These photographs may preserve that which is overlooked, or, if noticed, quickly forgotten—but they do so without suggesting that these moments hold hidden value that makes them worthy of a greater depth of attention.

During this time, I made most of my pictures from the seat of my car, a 2007 black Toyota Yaris. Its dusty windows paired well with low-resolution digital sensors and 35mm film. From the car, I could observe the city as designed. Dulled to the world by the routine of commuting, it is easy to slide over Los Angeles’ automotive landscape and find little worth beholding.

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.

Zach Callahan – Stray

Nov 07, 2018 - Patrick Gookin

Stray is fellow Los Angeles based photographer Zach Callahan’s ongoing photo series made in the city.


Zach says: The majority of the pictures are of people who most people consider outsiders or who make up the lower class. These are the people I empathize and identify with. I often feel as though their lives and struggles are of the few genuine things in this city which is marked by the disparity of wealth. I want them to be seen.


See more of Zach’s work here:

Mika Kitamura

Nov 06, 2018 - Patrick Gookin

A certain moment will never recur, ever again.


To take pictures is maybe an act of capturing a singular and precious moment.


But who knows?


Taking pictures is like praying to something unseen which tells us there exists something important and nothing special at the same time.


And it always makes me keep thinking about what this life is.


-Mika Kitamura



Mika Kitamura is a photographer living and working in Tokyo. See more of her brilliant pictures here:

Alan Huck – I walk toward the sun which is always going down

Nov 05, 2018 - Patrick Gookin

Alan Huck is an American photographer living in North Carolina. I was fortunate enough to see a slide-projection of these works as part of Hartford Art School’s 2018 MFA exhibition, of which he is a recent graduate.


Alan says: These images are from an ongoing book project titled »I walk toward the sun which is always going down«. Drawing on the walking literature of the Surrealists, W.G. Sebald, and others, the project takes the form of a literary essay embedded with photographs, chronicling a series of extended walks around central New Mexico.


Follow Alan’s work on Instagam @alanrh

Chikara Umihara – Whispering Hope

Nov 04, 2018 - Patrick Gookin

Whispering Hope (2017) is a self-published photo book by Chikara Umihara. Umihara, based in Yokohama, lends fresh eyes to a familiar American photographic tradition with this road trip book made over the course of 5 years (2011-2016). Relinquishing control of the wheel, and settling into the patterns and flow of the Greyhound Bus, Umihara made pictures within the confines of its trodden path. Structured as the bus’ course was with its predetermined path and mandatory stops, Chikara presents us with pictures of a nation that are equal parts open to interpretation and distinctly personal in their point of view.


See more of Umihara’s work, and order copies of Whispering Hope, here:

Juan Orrantia – Bittersweet Forest

Nov 03, 2018 - Patrick Gookin

Bittersweet Forest is a book-in-progress by photographer Juan Orrantia. He was kind enough to allow me to share some images of the dummy along with pictures from the book.


Juan says: Bittersweet Forest is a book about fragments of violence that remain in our imagination. For this it goes into the forests of Colombia, and lingers in a town that for many years smelled of cocaine, and was home to a famous right-wing militia paramilitary commander. After his arrest I visited this small town on multiple occasions to engage his lingering presence, the leftovers and effects of years under his power, the imaginaries of a time when cocaine, money, patriarchy and violent desires filtered life in many ways.


Juan is a Colombian photographer living in Johannesburg. To keep up with his work visit:

Antonis Theodoridis – The Book of Fantastic Antiquities

Nov 02, 2018 - Patrick Gookin

I love the playful way in which this work wears on our perception and our visual associations with our histories. I’m still waiting for Antonis to publish this book in a longer run.


He says: The Book of Fantastic Antiquities is a catalogue of fictitious objects created by appropriating and collaging archival images of artifacts. The book suggests a classification scheme that contradicts its own nature: objects are fitted into imaginary classes by intuition and appearances, rather than by reason and historical fact.


Photographs can provide historical evidence – but they can also produce illusions.


Antonis Theodoridis is a photographer from and living in Athens, Greece. See more of Antonis’ work at:

Patrick Gookin – Tokyo Food Journal

Nov 01, 2018 - Patrick Gookin

Snippets from a food journal that I kept while out shooting in Tokyo this past month. Over the next week, I’ll be sharing more of my own work alongside that of others who I’m excited about.