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‘Its Flower Is Hard To Find’ is about childhood, the Catholic faith and German history – photographer Vincent Kohlbecher looks for very personal answers in Poland with his first book, appearing at Hartmann Publishing

Over a period of four years, photographer Vincent Kohlbecher visited Poland, the country of his childhood, again and again. He found motifs there which took him back to that time, to the Catholic faith, through German history. Gdańsk, Warsaw, Kraków, Płaszów, Majdanek, and Auschwitz… Kohlbecher’s photos are like texts longing to be read carefully. The places he describes in his photos are only accessible to the viewer through the interplay of what he has seen, what is associated with it, and historical memory. The photographer remains all the while at a distance, never becoming part of the narrative, and succeeds in taking a rare analytical and sharply focused look at this country which is still the most unknown neighbor to Germany.

Vincent Kohlbecher, who was born 1960 in Hamburg, worked as a photojournalist for German and international magazines in the 1990s and has taught photography at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) since 2003. ‘Its Flower Is Hard To Find’ is his first book publication. The book was a cultural recommendation of TV broadcaster 3Sat. GoSee : 3sat.de//kulturzeit/buch-tipp-vincent-kohlbecher-its-flower-is-hard-to-find & hartmann-books.com//vincent-kohlbecher-its-flower-is-hard-to-find


Its Flower Is Hard To Find’ by Vincent Kohlbecher . Design: Stefan Stefanescu, Berlin and Vincent Kohlbecker, Hamburg . Texts by Wislawa Szymborska and K. W. Woycicki . Hardcover, printed linen, 104 pages, 55 illustrations, 22 x 31 cm . ISBN 978-3-96070-056-2, Hartmann Books
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‘Its Flower Is Hard To Find’ is about childhood, the Catholic faith and German history – photographer Vincent Kohlbecher looks for very personal answers in Poland with his first book, appearing at Hartmann Publishing

Over a period of four years, photographer Vincent Kohlbecher visited Poland, the country of his childhood, again and again. He found motifs there which took him back to that time, to the Catholic faith, through German history. Gdańsk, Warsaw, Kraków, Płaszów, Majdanek, and Auschwitz… Kohlbecher’s photos are like texts longing to be read carefully. The places he describes in his photos are only accessible to the viewer through the interplay of what he has seen, what is associated with it, and historical memory. The photographer remains all the while at a distance, never becoming part of the narrative, and succeeds in taking a rare analytical and sharply focused look at this country which is still the most unknown neighbor to Germany.

Vincent Kohlbecher, who was born 1960 in Hamburg, worked as a photojournalist for German and international magazines in the 1990s and has taught photography at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) since 2003. ‘Its Flower Is Hard To Find’ is his first book publication. The book was a cultural recommendation of TV broadcaster 3Sat. GoSee : 3sat.de//kulturzeit/buch-tipp-vincent-kohlbecher-its-flower-is-hard-to-find & hartmann-books.com//vincent-kohlbecher-its-flower-is-hard-to-find


Its Flower Is Hard To Find’ by Vincent Kohlbecher . Design: Stefan Stefanescu, Berlin and Vincent Kohlbecker, Hamburg . Texts by Wislawa Szymborska and K. W. Woycicki . Hardcover, printed linen, 104 pages, 55 illustrations, 22 x 31 cm . ISBN 978-3-96070-056-2, Hartmann Books
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GoSee Book Tip : Mihai Barabancea ‘Falling on Blades’, raw insights into an outsider culture with snapshots of captivating poignancy and ruthless brutality, appearing as a silver-bound illustrated book at Edition Patrick Frey

Those who may have found the photo books over the past months a bit too nice or too conventional, should make room on their coffee table for ‘FALLING ON BLADES’ by Mihai Barabancea. A wonderfully provocative illustrated book with in-depth insights into raw reality awaits readers, who also become a voyeur and little bit complicit…

Let’s take a look at the title first. A blade, or shiv, is the term for a self-made weapon with whatever is readily available in prison. To “accidentally fall on a blade thirteen times” is a sardonic – and rather poetic – way of saying one has been stabbed. “It doesn’t always kill you, but it always hurts. And still you’ve got to roll with the punches and keep going. I find this ability to roll with the punches, to take the pain and adapt to circumstances, in my subjects: gypsies, beggars, crooks, vagabonds, underdogs, conmen, buskers and various shady characters in Romania and Moldova.

Mihai Barabancea (b. 1983, Bucharest) is a passionate Bucharest-based photographer. Barabancea made quite a splash in Romania back in the late 1990s when he appeared on TV as a member of a graffiti gang. In 2018, he won the Gomma Prix Award for his series Overriding Sequence. He lives and works in Bucharest.

The photographer continues : “My object is not to exploit problem-ridden, post-communist Romania for voyeuristic purposes. I’m not an indifferent observer, but one who tries hard to give these people the freedom they need to portray themselves on camera – and to bring about necessary changes themselves in the social stereotypes still assigned to them.”

Barabancea uses the camera as a tool to interact with his subjects. But instead of staging picturesque portraits, he zeroes in on moments of ruthless rawness and keen poignancy.

Swiss publisher Edition Patrick Frey presents on nearly 300 pages, 144 photos from the world of the photographer. Title, cover and edges the book pages are painted silver and seem just as sharp-edged as the blades mentioned above. Not for the faint-hearted, but definitely a captivating book of photo-realism from Eastern Europe.
29.09.2020 show complete article