Lothringer 13 Halle / 24 June 2021 / 7 pm /
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Olaf Unverzart and Sebastian Schels have taken a look at the alpine landscape beyond the usual postcard motifs with their photobook "Été", published in October 2020. The two photographers documented a total of 33 ski resorts in the French and Italian Western Alps with large format cameras in 2018 and 2019. Their photographs paint a picture characterized by tourist architecture and infrastructure. These are winter sports resorts that were created from the 1960s onward as vacation colonies designed on the drawing board in a way that is almost unthinkable today. Their conception as space-efficient, high-density and traffic-free places for everyone corresponds entirely to the functional tourism architecture of the 1960s and 1970s.
There are still a few remaining copies of the already out of print book: http://www.ete-book.com/
Olaf Unverzart (*1972) works and lives as an artist, photographer and lecturer in Munich and the Oberpfalz. Most of his works deals with natural landscape, used and shaped by mankind, though without imposing judgement. Since his studies at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig the photobook is his medium of choice. ÉTÉ ( Kettler, 2020) is his ninth monograph, this time in collaboration with friend and colleague Sebastian Schels.
Sebastian Schels (*1981) is a freelance photographer based in Munich. In his photographic work he documents architecture and public space. Sebastian studied architecture and photography at the University of Applied Siences in Munich.
Markus Lanz, (*1965) photographer, urbanist, architect BDA a.o., lives and works in Allgäu and Brasília. He is a founding member of the photographers' cooperative Pk. Odessa Co. In addition to his artistic work, he devotes his photography, research and teaching activities to the study and description of architectural spaces and urbanistic phenomena. Markus Lanz teaches spatial perception in the field of tension between architecture and photography, as a visiting professor in 2011 at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and in 2012 at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), since then as a lecturer at TUM.