To complement his aerial photography, his recent video works filmed by an ultra high resolution drone (4K), will be exhibited for the first time in France.
Suspended from a helicopter with a harness a hundred meters above the gound, Stephan Zirwes erases the
physical borders between reality and fiction. Aesthetic and pure at first sight, his work reveals a deeper aspect
to the gazing eye. Indeed, he investigates political as well as social topics through the structures, contrasts and
connections between the various components of his images. Always at the edge of abstraction, man happens to
be at the centerpoint of his focus. Yet, his photos don’t tell a story but trigger an emotional vision.
In his recent video work entitled ‘Moving Stills’, Stephan Zirwes remains faithful to his now classic bird’s-eye
shots. Still attached to his Hasselblad for all photographic works, he swapped his camera for an ultra high resolution
drone (4K). For the first time in history, a completely static aerial video is presented before our eyes. Setting
his focus on a fixed background, the characters are the only source of all action. Coming in and out of the frame,
they appear like swarms of little ants on the ground. Their motion becomes irrelevant, almost comical.
It is here the earth and then, the superficial activities that are carried out on top of it, that Stephan Zirwes explores.
He questions our traditional conception of time by highlighting the transitory aspect of our daily acts, face to face
with terrestrial permanence. This antagonism of pace, along with the omnipotent vision from the sky, imbues the
viewer with a form of divine identity; it invites us to take a step back and meditate on our relationship with our
Winner of the Sony World Photographer Award 2016 in the Architecture category, as well as of the prestigious
Hasselblad Masters Award in 2010, Zirwes has been published in countless international magazines including
Profifoto (Germany) ; Azart (France) ; Arte Photografico (Spain) ; Fotomagazin (Germany) ; Blink #3(Korea) ; Eye-
Mazing (Netherlands), etc.