Frank Berger

1972 born in Leipzig
lives and works in Leipzig

1992-1999 photographic studies at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Academy of Visual Arts) Leipzig

1999-2001 Master degree at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Academy of Visual Arts) Leipzig, class of Prof. Timm Rautert

On Frank Berger's works: "The works of Frank Berger turn not least around a central point of disagreement in photographic discourse that we might call the epistemological value of the visible. While according to Siegfried Kracauer, the particular character of a photographic (as well as cinematic) aesthetic lies in the redemption of physical reality, at the same time prominent critics of the simple reproduction of reality deny that the photographic has any far-reaching epistemological value. Social reality is too complex, they argue, to a analyse from a photographic representation, behind which, no matter how sober it might appear, often a mere cult of the visible is concealed.

This kind of fetishisation – an accusation made of the large photographic panels of the Düsseldorf School, for example – cannot be found in Berger’s works. In projection, the photographer found a form of presentation with a transitory structure that delivers its own doubt, the doubt about the right moment and the validity of the visual claim that he constantly formulates. Behind the strict sequence of the images, rich in its illusionary quality, something paradoxical becomes visible: on the one hand, a construction of the photographer that presents us the constant repetition of the same as not a deeper understanding of reality, but at best its compact representation, and at the same time his fierce, unrelenting determination to provide us with something of this reality to see."

Florian Ebner (translation Brian Currid)

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