Galerie Nordenhake presents a focused group exhibition of the work of John Coplans, Esko Männikkö and Michael Schmidt. As distinct as their work is, the interest in the human being and the social conditions we are living in is at the core of all three oeuvres. All three artists are well known for their exploration of the relationship between photographic object and its representation as well as for the very specific installation of their photographs. John Coplans is known for his series of black and white self-portraits which are a frank, uncompromising study of his naked, aging body. Esko Männikkö’s subjects include portraits, still lives and hunting scenes. While these scenes are authentic material drawn from his surroundings in northern Finland’s sparsely populated areas, his tableau-like arrangements and cropping recalls classical genre painting. Michael Schmidt’s sober yet lyrical black-and-white photographs reflect the varying ideologies of the 20th Century in Germany and traces their impact on the individual.