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b. 1955, Germany

Joachim Brohm Biography

Joachim Brohm creates image archives dedicated to the structural transformation of our civilisation's peripheries over time. His pictures seem objective, distanced, almost casual. But his unembellished depictions of everyday life are idiosyncratic in their restrained palette and compositional precision. A profound interest in what is photographed and knowledge of the character of photography are integral parts of his creative process.

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Joachim Brohm is one of the pioneers of documentary colour photography in the European context. Inspired by the latest developments in American photography, which he knew from specialist publications, he began to photograph in colour in 1978, while many artists in Germany still sought their expression in black-and-white photography.

While still studying at the Folkwangschule in Essen, Brohm began working on Ruhr–a kind of inventory of his immediate surroundings, the Ruhr area, with a special focus on sites of leisure. With a scholarship from the Fulbright Commission, Brohm arrived at Ohio State University in Columbus in 1983/1984 and studied with Alan Sekula. The camera was his a constant companion on his daily wanderings through the city. The results was Ohio.

Several photographic series would follow. In Areal, Brohm documented the use and development of an industrial area on the outskirts of Munich for eleven years starting in 1992. Culatra bears the name of a Portuguese island which he regularly visited for the work from 2008 to 2010. Interesting in this context is a development towards the motif, which also proves itself as a single picture beyond the series. Around the same time, Brohm used a photography project curated by Thomas Weski, Ruhrblicke 2010, as an opportunity to resume his project Alma, He had already made the racetrack on the now defunct site of Alma colliery in Gelsenkirchen the subject of a photo series in 1987. In Culatra and Alma 2009, the artist's approach is increasingly oriented towards conceptual relationships.

From 2012 on, he started creating individual photographic images, among other things, that were no longer attributable to a serial context or specific location. A predilection for constructions sites, often precarious and bizarre, as well as for modern architecture, which was already evident in his early works, now served as a connecting element within various projects. The Bauhaus and Mies van der Rohe's architecture are recurring subjects that Brohm deliberately uses the aesthetic means of modernist photographers, including the occasional black and white, to depict.

Brohm sees the work on his own archive as part of his artistic work, including the digitization of his early works. In 2014, 35 photographs of allotment gardens in the Rhineland taken as early as 1979 were summarised as Typology 1979 and presented to the public.

Since 1984, Brohms' work has been regularly shown in renowned museums and exhibitions in Germany and abroad. Numerous monographs are dedicated to him.

Text courtesy Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art.

Exhibition view: Joachim Brohm, Less and More, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf (6 March–16 May 2020). Courtesy Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art. 

Joachim Brohm Featured Artworks

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Dessau Files, BRG2601 by Joachim Brohm contemporary artwork
Joachim BrohmDessau Files, BRG2601, 2018Archival pigment print on FineArt paper
50 x 40 cm
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Dessau Files, BRG1266 by Joachim Brohm contemporary artwork
Joachim BrohmDessau Files, BRG1266, 2017–2019Archival pigment print on FineArt paper
50 x 40 cm
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Dessau Files, BRG2550 by Joachim Brohm contemporary artwork
Joachim BrohmDessau Files, BRG2550, 2018Archival pigment print on FineArt paper
50 x 40 cm
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Walter Gropius, Meisterhaus Moholy-Nagy, Dessau; Detail; Bruno Fioretti Marquez Architects by Joachim Brohm contemporary artwork
Joachim BrohmWalter Gropius, Meisterhaus Moholy-Nagy, Dessau; Detail; Bruno Fioretti Marquez Architects, 2015Archival pigment print on FineArt paper mounted on Alu-Dibond
90 x 110 cm
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Rudolf Schindler, Morgan Camera Shop, Los Angeles by Joachim Brohm contemporary artwork
Joachim BrohmRudolf Schindler, Morgan Camera Shop, Los Angeles, 2015Archival pigment print mounted on Alu-Dibond
180 x 150 cm
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Rudolf Schindler, Schindler House, Los Angeles by Joachim Brohm contemporary artwork
Joachim BrohmRudolf Schindler, Schindler House, Los Angeles, 2015Archival pigment print mounted on Alu-Dibond
135 x 110 cm
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L. Mies van der Rohe, Tugendhat House, Brno, Onyx Wall by Joachim Brohm contemporary artwork
Joachim BrohmL. Mies van der Rohe, Tugendhat House, Brno, Onyx Wall, 2015Archival pigment print on FineArt paper mounted on Alu-Dibond
150 x 180 cm
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untitled (Mondrian) by Joachim Brohm contemporary artwork
Joachim Brohmuntitled (Mondrian), 2015Archival pigment print on FineArt paper mounted on Alu-Dibond
135 x 110 cm
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Joachim Brohm Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Joachim Brohm, Less and More at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
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6 March–31 July 2020 Joachim Brohm Less and More Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
Contemporary art exhibition, Joachim Brohm, Dessau Files at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Vienna
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21 February–4 May 2019 Joachim Brohm Dessau Files Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Vienna
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Gelb Macht Glücklich (Yellow makes you happy) at Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf
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14 April–30 June 2018 Group Exhibition Gelb Macht Glücklich (Yellow makes you happy) Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf

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