Ralf Graebner: “Change” – Exhibition at the German House

Mar 9, 2017 6:00 PM - Apr 28, 2017 | New York, NY

The German Consulate General Presents:

Ralf Graebner "Change" Enlarge image Ralf Graebner "Change" (© Ralf Graebner )

Change is a series of very large and extremely detailed photographs depicting used American quarters that Ralf Graebner found on the streets of New York City. The prints reveal rich textures and colors unique to each coin as they were exposed to various different and harsh environments over time. These quarters had been lost or were discarded for being dirty, used-up, and not worth keeping. For him, they are precious little artifacts that captured time and convey a facet of our history. Ralf is fascinated by the metamorphosis of these coins, from looking identical at the time they were minted to becoming unique and wildly differing objects when he found them.

Graebner has always been captivated by visually rich textures and intricate detail. While studying photography at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, he learned about the 'New Objectivity', a conceptual style he found a perfect fit for his visual sensitivity.Adopting some of the style’s ideas and beliefs, he imagined a distinctive photographic goal: to create pure, objective, larger-than-life depictions of subjects while avoiding visual subjectivity (like odd camera angles or shallow depth of field), instead letting the subjects 'speak for themselves' merely through their presence and clarity of detail.

An inherent aspect of his photography is pushing the limits of what is technically possible. Over time, he has developed a method of taking pictures that lets him overcome optical limitations immanent in traditional photography. Similar to the technique used for CT scans, each of his final images is composed out of thousands of thin image slices.

The amount of detail captured through this process allows him to create very large prints with a visual richness, presence, and three-dimensionality that is hard to be described and best to be experienced. The photographs entice viewers to come up close and let their eyes wander over the almost abstract topography of these objects with which we thought we were so familiar. They invite us to spend time exploring, discovering, comparing. In doing so, the viewer’s sensitivity and awareness increases.

With Change, Ralf Graebner wants to share his passion for texture and detail. This photographic series represents the essence of why he became a photographer. 

Location and time:

German Consulate General
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Opening reception: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Exhibition: March 9 – April 28, 2017
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Admission is free, but an RSVP is required for opening reception at:  https://ralf-graebner.eventbrite.com