Frank Mädler, ‘Vertikal mit rosa Stengel, series: Seerosen’, 2015, Corkin Gallery

About Frank Mädler

Using a large-format camera, Frank Mädler shoots quiet, impressionistic photographs that are typically characterized by soft focus, grainy texture, and subdued colors. Born in the German Democratic Republic and confined to the Eastern Bloc until his mid-twenties, Mädler creates work informed by his experience of containment, capturing anonymous places from a removed viewpoint. In Gold, Gold 5 (2005), a church is viewed through a lattice of trees, suggesting a barrier. Taken in Cuba and the south of Spain, among other areas, his images are devoid of any locating markers, and are often comprised of monochromatic stretches of the natural world—vast tracts of ocean, sky, or golden fields. Signs of human life are largely absent; in “Wiesen”, a series of six photographs depict barren factories, snow-piled stone houses, and a church suffused in light. Professor and critic, Katharina Menzel writes, “He strives to concentrate on something ‘essential’ in his pictures … and produces an atmosphere that makes the world outside the camera’s frame appear irrelevant to the spectator.”

German, b. 1963, Torgelow, Germany, based in Leipzig, Germany