Don't Be Left Behind.
Photographs by Klaus Mettig. Text by Frank Wagner, Ingrid Hölzl.
Steidl, Gottingen, 2008. 310 pp., 59 color and 8 tritone illustrations, 9¼x12¼".
German photographer Klaus
Mettig—who was born in
Brandenburg in 1950—has traveled
continually since 1973, making photographs
that convey an indeterminate
sense of time, place and culture.
Portraits of people, landscapes
and cityscapes tell a story, but one
that is difficult to pin down.“Trust
You Equal Love (Lions)” (2004) is a
black-and-white portrait of two men
walking down an anonymous urban
street in front of a giant skull graffitied
on a wall. It is uncertain if the
subject of the photograph is the
people or the background. Mettig
also often collaborates with his
longtime partner, Katharina
(1973–74), consists of 386 black-and white
photo-booth images of the
couple in drag, with Mettig becoming
progressively femme and
Sieverding progressively butch. In
Don’t Be Left Behind, Mettig continues
in this vein, exploring several
Asian cities through panoramas and
portraits. The volume includes
essays by writer Ingrid Hölzl and
curator Frank Wagner.