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Dagmar Keller & Martin Wittwer from the series “Passengers”
 

 

You could have seen here a sequence of posts featuring images by Dagmar Keller & Martin Wittwer…but now you can´t anymore,

 

 

I was asked by BILDKUNST.DE

to delete the images by
(these were the names spelled out)

 

Loretta Lux,
Man Ray,
Valie Export,
August Sander
Lotte Reiniger

 

and every other artist represented by them or to pay a fee for publishing their images.
They represent around 126 000 artists from around the world.

 

I am working on this blog for my fun,
and for the enjoyment of people interested in photography and art.
There is no income generated whatsoever by this site for me.

Many of the images I use here are floating all over the net,
other images I scanned to upload them to my blog.
To share them, to enrich the world with the work of artists I do admire.

No, my blog is not important.

But it is part of what I Would call our common wealth.

 

I don´t think that I am the source of income losses for the artist,
or anybody else.

 

Art as part of everyday life,
art easily accessible by everybody without barriers and fees,
art as part of the free flow of thoughts and
communication.

 

But not in the case of artist represented by Bild-Kunst.

 

 

On my train rides, from city to city,
when it was late at night,
I used to look at the countless yellow rectangles,
scattered around the frame of the train window,
and I pondered about all those people,
behind those brightly lit windows,
signaling existences
but not giving away any information about them.

And then those countless anonymous meetings,
on public transportation,
strangers coming close without actually touching me.
Still, short seconds of curiosity,
of musing, who and how and what sort of,
my anonymous encounters could be.


When toward your work you’re wending
in early morn
and in the station standing
with woes forlorn
the City smooth as asphalt
reveals before your gazes
in the funneling of humanity

en masse its million faces
two alien eyes one quick glance
the pupils lids & brow
what was it? maybe

Kurt Tucholsky “Eyes In The Big City”

All of the above
I recognize in Dagmar Keller & Martin Wittwer´s “Passengers”.
An everyday experience put into exceptional form.

Dagmar Keller & Martin Wittwer
don´t use digital tricks and elaborate filters,
wet and fogged windows, sometimes frozen,
sometimes streaky, always lit to change the colors
just to do the trick:
the images turn clearly into images,
at times breathing the mood of old-school paintings,
but always including a disturbance,
that could be held for a technical flaw,
but we know, it´s not.


Dagmar Keller & Martin Wittwer/ “Passengers”
winner of the Dummy Award 2012

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May 14