Less and More
Works by Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Rudolf Schindler, Addenda-Architects, among others, have incited Brohm to reflect on the metamorphoses of Modernism through the medium of photography.
Works of Modernism are constantly being interpreted, reinterpreted, indeed collected and stored away. Modernist architecture is being renovated, redesigned, torn down, reconstructed. Original functions and purposes are thus being altered, occasionally forgotten, but sometimes even optimised and reinvented. New meanings and perceptions for these – often iconic – objects and buildings, on their passage from the 20th into the 21st century, arise through these processes.
Brohm confronts the enduring enigma of Modernism conceptually with his generation's means – whereby his work with the camera is being prompted and supported by Bauhaus architecture and photography as its historical components. Groundbreaking innovations for the development of photography at the time and today become the transparency for his contemporary examination of the medium.
DE 0:08 / 32:54 FACE TO FACE: Joachim Brohm in conversation with Ralph Goertz, 2