Ralf Hanselle

Short Bio

Ralf Hanselle (*1972) lives as a freelance art critic, curator, and journalist in Berlin. His texts on photography have appeared in specialist publications, daily newspapers and books in recent years. In extensive contributions to catalogues he has dealt with the works of Christian Tagliavini, Paul Almásy, Stefan Heyne, Jens Knigge and Ralf Cohen, among others.

Ralf Hanselle has also curated numerous exhibitions on abstract and experimental photography - including the "Prime Time" exhibition series at Galerie Volker Diehl, for which a comprehensive catalogue has been published in 2017. In addition to his work as an art journalist, he works as a freelance editor for the cultural magazines Cicero and monopol.


Curatorial Statement

'Photography is cursed. Ever since the French inventor Nicéphore Niépce pointed a "Camera Obscura" at a barren wall of a house opposite his apartment in 1826 and thus took the world's first photograph, the medium has been clinging to an undead. It bears the paralyzing grimace of reality. As if the history of technical images were little more than the Grimm fairy tale of the Golden Goose, it sticks to every image that crawls out of the camera, smartphone, or darkroom. What could not have become of the "drawings of light"? The ten experimental, concrete, or abstract works in this virtual tour refer to a photograph that has left the ruminantism of reality behind. Images in search of the core of every photography: light, chemistry, time, paper, fantasy, process.'

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curator's choice

© Gottfried Jäger | Auswahl (1962 - 2011)

© Ralf Cohen | Visionen (2009 - 2014)

© Dörte Eißfeldt | Agfa Brovira (2011)

© Boris Eldagsen & Tanvir Taolad | THE OTHER SIDE (2017 - heute)

© Amin El Dib | GelatineSilberLichtKarton (2002-2006)

© Klaus Elle | Erleuchtungen (1986 - 1999)

© Andreas Gefeller | The Backside of Light (2016 - heute)

© Manfred P. Kage | Fotografie informell (ab 1958)

© Daniel Schumann | The End of Winter (2016)

© Marc Volk | Camera Plana (2016)

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