Jochen Lempert

Domaine De Kerguehennec

Capturing a moment and capturing a specimen are not so very different: Both acts take an acute eye and some cunning; and in either case there’s a chance you may kill what you mean to preserve. If the flora and fauna in Jochen Lempert’s photographs escape such a fate, it is because he photographs nature without making nature photographs—no small achievement for a photographer who depicts wildlife in abundance, from cormorants and gulls to sponges, flies, and plankton, who shows us both the North Sea and the full moon. “Field Work,” a remarkable body of recent photographs by the German artist (and trained biologist), continues to resist the label of nature photography, which might be one reason for Lempert’s relative and almost criminal obscurity to date.

Often depicted amid human society or in moments of curiously hominid behavior, Lempert’s animal subjects appear at odds with their own

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