Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Jessica Backhaus


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Jessica Backhaus, World #100

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Jessica Backhaus, Painting

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Jessica Backhaus, Steps

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Jessica Backhaus, World #99

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Jessica Backhaus, Morning

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Jessica Backhaus, Reflections

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Jessica Backhaus, Why

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Jessica Backhaus, Lines

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Jessica Backhaus, Spoons

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Jessica Backhaus, Lost Summer

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Jessica Backhaus, Greenpoint

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Jessica Backhaus, Harbor

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Jessica Backhaus, Lights

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Jessica Backhaus, Glasses

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Jessica Backhaus, Neukoellen

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Jessica Backhaus, Maryszia's World

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Jessica Backhaus, World #29

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Jessica Backhaus, Roses and Cables

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Jessica Backhaus, Dorsoduro

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Jessica Backhaus, A Single Moment

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Jessica Backhaus, Pink Beata

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Jessica Backhaus, Pink Pillow

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Jessica Backhaus, Rynowo and the Rain

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Jessica Backhaus, Careless

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Jessica Backhaus, Before and Then

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Jessica Backhaus, Marlon Brando

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Jessica Backhaus, Silence



Jessica Backhaus was born in Cuxhaven, Germany, in 1970 and grew up in an artistic family. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Paris, where she later studied photography and visual communications. Backhaus met famed photographer Gisele Freund in Paris in 1992. Freund was an important mentor and major source of inspiration for Backhaus’ early work. In 1995, Backhaus’ passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her own projects and lived until 2009. 

Rivers, puddles, and shards of glass. Metal spoons and empty bottles. With an eye for texture, layers and serenely saturated colors, Jessica Backhaus makes photographs that reflect the world back to us. “We grow, we change, we evolve,” Backhaus writes in the opening to her 2008 monograph, One Day in November. But while we move, the objects she photographs remain static, warmed by the mid-afternoon sun and preserved by the motion of time. Backhaus is not preoccupied by the sadness of the world around her, although the pictures she takes are often filled with broken, tangled, and abandoned items. Instead, like a philosopher focusing her gaze on the middle distance, Backhaus meditates on color, line, light and shadow. 

Backhaus is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. To date, she has four publications to her name: Jesus and the Cherries, 2005; What Still Remains, 2008; One Day In November, 2008; and I Wanted to See the World, 2010, all published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg. 

Based in Berlin, Backhaus divides her time between Europe and the United States. 





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12 comments:

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Love.

Jen said...

Looks like your stuff to me but not as good :)

Carey Brown Strombotne said...

simplicity caught in an instant by her shutter, equals pure (and simple) beauty. i love it!

bananas. said...

she's alright...your instagram is better. ;)

happy hump day! two more days and it's weekend, weekend, WEEKEND.

Caroline said...

Her work is simply beautiful...simple being the key.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

very cool- for some reason, i like the paper towel one but I'm not sure why. I really like the description you post at the END, that way I can see how her vision measures up with my impression.

Thanks again for introducing me to more art.

Kathryn said...

I love how she captures lights and shadows.

NellieVaughn said...

Reflections is like a dream threatening to become a nightmare. Love it.

Kristine said...

I love it. I find her photos really beautiful and they make me feel lonely and calm all at once. gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!!

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Elle Sees said...

#29 is my fave..and not because it's the only picture that loaded on my crappy internet connection

Kitty Stampede said...

i love the one called 'reflections'. these are great. when people can capture this stilness and simplicity in such a way. wow. you got it.