Josef Kramhöller

Between Bridges

The colors in Josef Kramhöller’s photographs are gorgeous: Deep reds, golds, yellows, they hold the promise of something very special—if only one could get things in focus. Even the blacks are luscious, but everything is a blur. In one photograph, there’s a hint of a jewelry display, but other than that the eye finds little to grasp. A closer look, however, reveals that the center of each photograph is, in fact, precisely in focus: a single fingerprint left by the artist on the window of one of London’s more exclusive West End shops. Laid out before us, the goods on display nevertheless remain unreachable, behind the transparent glass that denies taste, smell, and touch. A paradigmatic representation of the desire that fuels contemporary consumerism, the series “Untitled (fingerprint on window of luxury boutique),” 1995, also resembles a sequence of crime scene photographs, as if recording

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