Some Boarded up Houses, Chicago
Photograph on Ilford warm-tone silver gelatin paper.
28 × 36 cm
Edition of 30 copies, signed and numbered by the artist.
about this work
In his eponymous series Some Boarded up Houses (2009-present), Joachim Koester brings together Walker Evans, the emblematic photographer of the Great Depression, and Bernd und Hilla Becher, the masters of objective photography. Formally, the series borrows its language from the Bechers’ famous “typologies”: frontal treatment of the architectural element, taken from a high viewpoint with the neutral light of an open sky, no human presence, etc. However, contrary to the Bechers and in line with Walker Evans’ approach, the houses photographed by Koester are psychologically charged, haunted by the subprime crisis that saw millions of people lose their homes.
about Joachim Koester