Where others might employ a single panorama photo, Josh von Staudach opts for triptychs. And despite splitting the image into thirds, he does not simply capture nature in mere sections. On the contrary, his work does justice to the vast expanse of the horizon. Von Staudach’s pieces depict the manifold nature of the sea, both touching and powerful at once. These photographs are very immediate, bringing us under their intensely peaceful spell with their enormous depth.
The wonders of nature are not for us to decipher. Nature holds secrets that Josh von Staudach adeptly finds and captures. At the same time, the “threefoldness” of his pictures is very terrestrial. Von Staudach presents unique, constantly changing hues and an opportunity for meditation.
Bridges are strongly symbolic. They can help overcome borders or lead to a new life. Josh von Staudach’s Bridges 360° depicts Europe’s bridges as we’ve never seen them before. The photographer approaches the fascinating structures from more than one side and captures them in their entirety – a nearly impossible undertaking, but one he succeeded in nonetheless.
The photographer transformed Europe’s most beautiful bridges – including the Suspension Bridge in Glasgow, the Eiserner Steg in Frankfurt, and the Makartsteg in Salzburg – into breath-taking 360° views. Von Staudach’s photographs are impressive in their technical precision, imaginative execution, and special atmosphere. The unreal perspectives von Staudach uses broaden our view in that, the far side of the bridge is brought together with the near side. By seemingly bending the steel girders, two – or sometimes three or four – paths lead to the peaceful city on the horizon: a promising destination.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Stuttgart-based artist Josh von Staudach creates new dimensions in his photographs. He plays with visual conventions and shows how one standpoint is not enough to capture reality. As an artist, he is very open to all of the modern means of image editing. He is drawn to the unusual, to “that which was never there”. For that reason, he is also dedicated to extreme photography in which he positions his camera in exceptionally inaccessible locations and develops techniques for radical macro and telephoto pictures. Von Staudach’s pictures have featured in countless exhibitions and publications all around the world.
Closeness and distance, haze and reflection – I want to pack all of that into a picture.
Josh von Staudach
For the extraordinary 360° view uses in the Bridges 360° series, von Staudach uses special photo equipment. Using a special panorama tripod-head, he rotates the camera around a center point to create urban panoramas that maintain vertical congruity.
The different individual elements are put together into one big, new scene. This work requires intensive planning and preparation. Von Staudach photographs his urban landscapes with a large depth of field – every detail, every layer of the photograph should be visible. For him, “out of focus” is not an option.
A New Way of Seeing
In contrast to his crisply detailed bridge photos, the images of the sea are softer in focus, almost blurred. Their strength lies in the interplay between colours and surfaces. In his Mallorca travel notes from February 2007, von Staudach describes the moment he first came upon this technique: “Pictures by Gerhard Richter and Hiroshi Sugimoto are projected into my mind’s eye.
“My eyes discern distance and closeness, colours and blending, haze and reflections. I want to pack all of that into one picture. I turn the camera and press the shutter. The display reveals the remarkable results: what I’ve seen is there. The surroundings paint their light and colours through the digital chip. With the turning speed and angle, I can frame the image and create the subdivision of surfaces. This is it: softness and tranquility, no focus, no details. Calm, profound, meditation. It grips me. This is how I will portray the island.”
|1964||born in Stuttgart|
|1978||Purchase of first reflex camera, set-up of a darkroom|
|1985||Freelance graphic designer|
|2001–03||Multimedia-productions for CD-ROM, photo and graphic animation; Commercial and architectural photography, photo conceptions and development of visual languages|
|2004||Begins first panorama photography, specialization of equipment|
|2006||Extreme photography (on the television tower, building cranes, in industrial buildings, in civil defense structures (tunnels, bunkers) or in an industrial gas storage tower). Nature photography. Experiments with macro-panoramas|
|2007||Workshops, conferences, lecturer on panorama photography and digital image editing|
|Development of moving panoramas, landscape photography;macro- and tele-panoramas; multi-row single image stitching for extreme resolution|
|2011||Master of Contemporary Panoramic Photography, IVRPA, Portugal|
|Silver at Epson Pano Award|
|2013||Winterbilder, Schacher - Raum für Kunst, Stuttgart, Germany|
|Josh von Staudach – Penny Lane and Surroundings, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Germany|
|Surrealistic City, Medienhaus, Friedrichshafen, Germany|
|2011||Hier und Jetzt, Kunstbezirk im Siegle-Haus, Stuttgart, Germany|
|Josh von Staudach – Kleine Werkschau 2007 bis 2011, Rathaus Stuttgart, Germany|
|Raumwelten, Schacher – Raum für Kunst, Stuttgart, Germany|
|International Panoramic Photography Festival, Palmela, Lisbon, Portugal|
|Ausstellung der Künstlergruppe Gegenlicht21, Galerie Zukunftslabor, Stuttgart, Germany|
|2010||Ausstellung der Künstlergruppe Gegenlicht21, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany|
|Josh von Staudach – Kleine Werkschau 2007 bis 2009, Textilmanufaktur Augsburg, Germany|
|2009||3D-Performance Turn 360, Creativity World Forum Ludwigsburg, Germany|
|SchauGenau, groupshow at Matthaes-Verlag Stuttgart, Germany|
|Josh von Staudach – Mallorquinische Horizonte, Sparda Bank Heilbronn, Germany|
|2008||Landesschau, permanent panorama installation at SWR television studio, Stuttgart, Germany|
|2007||Ganz viel Stuttgart, permanent panorama installation at the town hall Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany|
|panorama projection at the opening of the Stuttgart trade fair, Stuttgart, Germany|
|Fokus 0711 – Fotosommer, Rathaus Stuttgart, Germany|
|Affordable Art Fair, New York, USA|
|Stuttgart extrabreit, 8.7 meter wide panoramas of Stuttgart at night und five other motifs, permanent exhibition in the public spaces of the Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
|2006||Kraftwerk Münster, five large-format panoramas, permanent exhibition in the schooling and conference rooms of the EnBW Kraftwerks AG, Stuttgart, Germany|
|Herbst 2006, Tele- and Macro-Panoramas of Stuttgart parks, Bisle & Partner Law Firm, Vaihingen, Germany|
|Stuttgart unter Kränen, 360° panoramas, STEP Businesspark Vaihingen, Germany|
|Gaisburger Gaskessel, three large-format panoramas, permanent installation in an administration building of EnBW Regional AG, Stuttgart, Germany|
|2005||Stuttgart dreht sich, installation with four computers, interactive panoramas and time-lapse films, 4th Stuttgart Culture Night in the Architektenkammer Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
Cover of LIFT Stadtmagazin; since then regular editorial contributions, 2005
Half-page story about artist and panorama photography, Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 2005
Several page report about the Tag der Architektur, Deutsches Architektenblatt, 2005
Teilpanorama Baudokumentation, Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 2006
Brochure and book “50 Jahre Fernsehturm,” SWR, 2006
Full-page story about the artist and his work, Stuttgarter Zeitung, 2006
Städtisches Magazin Stuttgart baut, 2006
Full-page story about real estate in Stuttgart, Welt am Sonntag, 2006
Panorama photo, Welt am Sonntag, 2006
Book, Stuttgart feiert die WM, Neuer Sportverlag Stuttgart 2006