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Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo ‘WELT.NATUR.ERBE’ - For the seventh time, EDITION LAMMERHUBER is bringing Europe’s biggest outdoor photography festival to Baden near Vienna

WORLD.NATURAL.HERITAGE is taking place from 13 June to 13 October 2024 and is dedicated to the works of the great masters of environmental photography. Emotional and fascinating images on fundamental issues such as urbanization, biodiversity, natural resources, pollution and global warming will provide food for thought on how to preserve the poetry of creation for humanity. Photos that show the beauty of our planet – warning of dire consequences.

An open-air gallery spanning a length of 7 km with approximately 1,500 large-format images in the parks, gardens and squares is transforming the city for the duration of four months once again into a city of photography. With free admission, 31 exhibitions invite visitors on 7 days a week and 24 hours a day to stay a while and enjoy a carefully curated enchanting selection.

“Humanity has opened the gates to hell,” Secretary General António Guterres warned in an impassioned speech to politicians, business leaders and activists on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September 2023, warning of the dire consequences of increasingly extreme weather events. “Our great concern is that all climate action will be dwarfed by the scale of the challenge as humanity heads towards a temperature rise of 2.8°C.”

An appeal to the world that has long been inscribed at the heart of our festival. It is our duty to preserve the poetry of creation for our children. Therefore, in our seventh festival year, we are showing the work of the great masters of environmental photography: Nazli Abbaspour, Evgenia Arbugaeva, Yasuhoshi Chiba, Joana Choumali, David Doubilet und Jennifer Hayes, Nadia Ferroukhi, Sacha Goldberger, Richard Ladkani, Lucas Lenci, Luca Locatelli, Pascal Maitre, Beth Moon, Maxime Riché, Sebastião Salgado, Alain Schroeder, Vee Speers, Brent Stirton, Lorraine Turci, David Turnley, Peter Turnley, and Cássio Vasconcellos.

“We all need Eden as a horizon,” writes Cyril Drouhet, Curator of Gacilly, in his essay in the festival catalogue. “There was a time when we had a rainbow in our heads: We believed in the future, in progress, our dreams were full of utopias. In the third millennium, this color has faded to gray. But life needs radiant colors like in photography to enchant the world again. That is the challenge of the coming years and the challenge of our festival.”

This year, the bilateral photography project of the Morbihan schools in Brittany and Lower Austria is also dedicated to the theme of ‘Nature as Heritage’. We are giving young people the opportunity to express their ideas on the challenges of today and, above all, of tomorrow: how can we shape social models to preserve our unique world for our children?

“We have the choice to use the gift of our lives to make the world a better place,” Jane Goodall is convinced. Martin Parr, whom the festival will honor with the first Lifetime Achievement Award, is certainly in this spirit of preserving rays of hope for humanity.

A very special visual highlight is the exhibition ‘The Human Footprint’, images from orbit, prepared by Gerald Mansberger and Markus Eisl. And Norbert Span shows us in his pictures why snow crystals are the ‘jewels of the sky’, while Luigi Caputo’s images tell the story of a magical world. Fascinating perspectives of the mysterious places behind the stage and an homage to the artists of the Salzburg Festival.

The exhibition of photographs by professional photographers from Lower Austria and the ‘Director’s Cut’ exhibition by Jury President Michel Comte from CEWE’s ‘Our World is Beautiful’, the world’s largest photo competition with over 500,000 images from 170 countries, will round off the festival, as will the look back at 2023 in the images of artist in residence Ina Künne

Under the guiding principle of ‘Culture of Solidarity’, the cooperation with the festival partners Garden Tulln and Month of Photography Bratislava will continue in 2024.

To accompany the festival, Edition Lammerhuber is publishing the WELT.NATUR.ERBE festival catalogue. German/English, 18 x 24 cm; 288 pages, softcover, € 25.00

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31.05.2024 show complete article


BEUYS LAND – the first book to place the natural landscape of the Lower Rhine and Kleve, the city in which Beuys was likely born, at the center of the Beuysian universe – published by EDITION LAMMERHUBER

“The hare is my animal, extremely prolific and nimble, elusive and a crossover artist, at home up and down the steppe.“ Joseph Beuys.

Joseph Beuys is regarded the world over as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. But where exactly are his artistic origins? Where did his sources of strength lie? In January 1978, photographer Gerd Ludwig impressively captured how Beuys approached his past – in the city of Kleve and its Lower Rhine surroundings. There, where everything began for Joseph Beuys.

When Frank Mehring came up with the idea in 2021 of creating an installation with six of the Beuys photos by Gerd Ludwig in a large format in the exact same spot in the Lower Rhine landscape in which they were created in 1978, he connected it with a bike path. Freddy Langer took a ride on the bikeway for a day together with Mehring and Ludwig, and dedicated an essay to the tour. It is an amalgamation of conversations between the three gentlemen along the way as well as their bizarre encounters on the route with thoughts on art and ecology as well as reflections upon Joseph Beuys’ attitude towards nature.

In his text, focused on the biographical origins of Beuys in the Lower Rhine region, Mehring analyses how we can recognize the person behind the one-man brand Joseph Beuys and understand his significance for the digital generation today. He highlights how photography had been a vital tool for Beuys to permanently document his short-lived actions in the public space.

In Gerd Ludwig’s photos of Beuys on the Lower Rhine, Mehring sees a type of master key to discovering the very landscape that is at the center of Beuys’ life and work. With the photographs, Mehring deduces how Beuys drew his energy from this region, sharpened his ecological awareness, and developed the artistic vitality that catapulted him to the top of the international art world.

German-American photographer Gerd Ludwig is among the pioneering documentary photographers of our time. He studied under Prof. Otto Steinert at the legendary Folkwangschule (today: Folkwang University of the Arts) in Essen, Germany, and gained recognition in the late 1970s for his captivating reportages in GEO, ZEITmagazin, Stern, and others. Particularly notable are his artist portraits of Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Joseph Beuys.

After moving to the United States, he became a core member of the American magazine National Geographic for three decades. His dedicated coverage of the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is considered a milestone of modern photojournalism. He is the recipient of the University of Missouri Medal of Honor for his outstanding achievements in journalism and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award of the German Society for Photography. His photographs are exhibited in museums, galleries, and public spaces around the world.

Gerd Ludwig lives in Los Angeles today and focuses primarily on personal long-term projects. His books ‘The Long Shadow of Chernobyl’ and ‘Sleeping Cars’ have been published at Edition Lammerhuber.

FRANK MEHRIG is a Professor of American Studies at Radboud University in Nijmegen. His research focuses on the intersection of art, culture and politics in a transatlantic exchange. Among the numerous publications on the soft power of the Marshall Plan in photographs, films and exhibitions, his monograph entitled ‘The Democratic Gap’ (Winter, 2014), on the American promise of democracy in German emigration history, received the European Rob Kroes Award.

Frank Mehring’s latest work is dedicated to the life and work of the German-American artist Winold Reiss (Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2022). But Mehring’s contribution is not limited to academic circles. As an Americanist and honorary director of the Forum Arenacum museum, he is actively involved in building bridges between university and society. He is particularly committed to projects that use music and art as a key to opening up new perspectives on history and transnational cultures of remembrance for young people.

FREDDY LANGER, born in 1957, is an editor for Frankfurter Allgemeine. He was responsible for the travel column for 20 years and is in charge of photography for the culture section. For his own series entitled ‘Blind Date’, he has been photographing prominent artists, whom he asks to wear a sleeping mask, for more than forty years. He is the author of multiple books on the history of photography alongside his other great passion: hiking all over the world.

BEUYS LAND Gerd Ludwig, Frank Mehring . 29.7 x 21 cm, 108 pages, 59 photos . German, English . Hardcover . 978-3-903101-99-9 . April 2024 . EUR 49.90

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03.04.2024 show complete article


EDITION LAMMERHUBER presents PRISMA Kunst.Werk. - A work of art on the wall, the book taken in the hand becomes the catalogue of its own exhibition

The flux of images by Dagmar Varady depicts the libraries and workspaces of ‘researchers in the broadest sense’. A selection of 23 photographs in a concertina-fold format conveys the cognitive horizon of the knowledge spaces behind the visual research on the respective genius loci.

In collabration with the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig, the book has been published in a high-quality edition of 345 numbered copies bound by hand and signed by the artist.

Kunst.Werk.Buch denotes a kind of world interior space and implies that there is also a universe within – that of the knowledge contained in the book. Each bird and/or thought that flies moves equally through a world exterior space as well as through a world interior space – the universe book.

“I’m interested in taking a look behind the scenes, the place where the work is created,” says Dagmar Varady.

Material that is quite divergent in content, essays and glossaries on the subject of the reflection upon individual methods of working for the production of knowledge are compiled into a common text in an accompanying publication. The multiplicity of intellectual connections – between architecture, science, art, research, commercial history, garden history, art book collection, and cultural management – makes the process of thinking permeable both outwardly and inwardly. As a work of art and as a work of science, it finds its space in the book. Considering it as an artistic work, it is possible to approach this book similarly to an exhibition.

DAGMAR VARADY is an artist who photographs in the libraries and workspaces of people she has encountered through her art.

PAOLO BIANCHI is a curator, cultural publicist, and creativity researcher who examines fundamental questions about the acquisition of knowledge in his conversation with Roger M. Buergel, using the example of the library at the Johann Jacobs Museum in Zurich.

ROGER M. BUERGEL is an artist, exhibition curator, critic, museum founder and director of the Documenta 12 in Kassel.

HUBERTUS GASSNER is an author who describes in his essay the move of his private library with a focus on surrealists such as René Magritte, Salvador Dalí or Man Ray from Hamburg to Perinaldo, Italy.

MICHAEL HAGNER is a Professor of Science Studies at ETH Zurich, whose research interests include the history of the human sciences and the history of the book.

STEPHANIE JACOBS is a cultural historian and Director of the German Museum of Books and Writing at the German National Library in Leipzig. In her prolog, she places the book in the larger context of cultural practices of knowledge storage.

BERND KAUFFMANN, a fully qualified attorney at law and wanderer between the ‘Order of Things’ and the ‘Perspectives of Things and the World’, was in Weimar from 1992 until 2002 where he served as the President of the Weimar Classicism Foundation until 2001.

WERNER OECHSLIN is the founder of the Werner Oechslin Library Foundation, with a focus on architectural history.

VANESSA SIMILI is developing a portrait of the material archive and art library at the Art Foundry of the Sitterwerk Foundation in St. Gallen.

THOMAS WEISS, is an art historian and was the Director and Chairman of the Dessau-Wörlitz Cultural Foundation from 1994 until 2017, whose essay addresses the microcosm of the private space, in which concentration becomes possible.

PRISMA – Dagmar Varady . 38 x 28 cm . 48 pages, 30 photos . German . Concertina-fold in slip case . Limited edition of 345 signed and numbered copies . ISBN 978-3-903101-72-2 . EUR 250.00

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25.03.2024 show complete article