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Editing Challenge | Wolfgang Zurborn vs Paul Spehr

Editing Challenge Wolfgang Zurborn vs. Paul Spehr, image material: Tim Gassauer

In a Zoom talk on 27.05.24, Paul Spehr and Wolfgang Zurborn present their book designs with the works of Tim Gassauer from the series "Lüderitz" and discuss the results with the photographer and the audience. The photo book professionals will present step by step how they came up with their book edits. All previous DFA Editing Challenges have already vividly described how much the way photographic images are read depends on how they are put together in a book and how different the perception of our living environment can be.

This Editing Challenge, like the others before it, will be recorded and can be viewed afterwards on Facebook and YouTube.

Tim Gassauer „Lüderitz"

The work "Lüderitz" is set in two places that are around 12,000 kilometres apart and yet have the same name: Lüderitz in the north of Saxony-Anhalt and Lüderitz in the south-west of Namibia. The former is the origin of the von Lüderitz family, from which the merchant Adolf Lüderitz later emerged. In 1884, he laid the foundation for the momentous colonisation of what is now Namibia by fraudulently acquiring land. The starting point was a place named after him: Lüderitz. From then on, this was to be the new home for German settlers who followed the colonial promises of money and living space to what was then known as "German South-West Africa". For the book "Lüderitz", Tim Gassauer submitted excerpted, highly condensed images of landscapes, architecture and portraits with archive photographs of both places.

Tim Gassauer

was born on 22 August 1997 in Nordhausen, Thuringia. He lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Göran Gnaudschun's graduating class. He previously studied communication and political science at the Free University in Berlin.

Paul Spehr

studied graphic design and book art at the HGB Leipzig, as well as photography and drawing at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Milan. Since 2013, he has been working as a freelance book designer and art director for institutions such as the Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart Berlin, the Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum Cologne and the Berlinische Galerie, as well as for publishers such as Kehrer, Kult Books, Spector Books, Verlag für moderne Kunst, and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König. Since 2018, he has been a regular lecturer on the subject of photo books in the Visual Journalism and Documentary Photography programme at Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Paul Spehr lives and works in Berlin.

Wolfgang Zurborn

born in 1956, studied at the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie in Munich and at the FH Dortmund. In 1985 he was awarded the Otto Steinert Prize of the DGPh and in 2008 the German Photo Book Prize for his book Drift. Exhibitions of his work are shown internationally. He has co-run the Lichtblick Gallery in Cologne for 37 years and founded the Lichtblick School in 2010. He leads workshops worldwide. He has been on the board of the German Photographic Academy since 1998.



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