Jochen Lempert, Untitled (Feathers), 2014, gelatin silver print, 20 × 15 3/4".

Jochen Lempert


Jochen Lempert, Untitled (Feathers), 2014, gelatin silver print, 20 × 15 3/4".

Jochen Lempert’s photography is unmistakably black-and-white, mostly printed in small and medium formats, and invariably unframed. Just as constant has been his disinterest in the dazzling enticements of contemporary urban life. Instead, the Hamburg-based artist has been impelled—throughout a career now spanning some two decades—by a deeply rooted fascination with fauna, flora, and the slow and seemingly elusive drift of natural phenomena. In many cases, air itself plays the leading role, its apparent emptiness stretching right across the image to unfold as tangibly as the insects, plants, or animals it seizes. In the dense and porous atmospheres of Lempert’s work, such motifs might be just barely perceptible.

For Lempert, the printed photograph has only a little to do with what was captured by the camera; he is a tenacious advocate of analog photography and does much of

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. If you are a subscriber, sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW for only $50 a year—65% off the newsstand price—and get the print magazine plus full online access to this issue and our archive.*

Order the PRINT EDITION of the March 2015 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.