Berlin: Galerie Albrecht, 2021. 4to in blue clothed hardcover with pasted on photo to front. 80 pages, illustrated throughout. Light shelfwear else a clean beautiful copy
Steffen Diemer (b.1966) worked for the magazine Der Spiegel, for the FAZ or The Guardian as a foreign reporter. Through his work he lived for a long time in South Africa, Japan and India, Iraq and Afghanistan, where he works as photo journalist in war and crisis areas. In 2011 he discovered for himself the technical process of wet-plate collodion photo print, which draws on the 1852 applied ambrotype. On a glass plate previously sensitized in the silver nitrate bath, a collodion layer is applied and exposed. When the photograph is developed, it is removed from the fixer and the image is baked under an open flame using a mixture of gum sandtrack and lavender oil. Steffen Diemer lives as a freelance photographer near Mannheim. The book In Praise of Shadows by Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki (1886 – 1965) has had a lasting influence on his artistic work and Karl Blossfeldt’s Urformen der Kunst of course!