Landscape & Memory.
Photographs by Jo Roettger.
104 pp., color illustrations throughout, 12¼x10¼".
For this deeply captivating series, photographer Jo Röttger accompanied a German military unit from a training ground in their homeland to deployment in Afghanistan and back. Despite the banal, threefold pattern of departure, a distant place and homecoming set by the series, Röttger’s journey is neither a sentimental one nor a photo reportage. It emphasises the distant place, that which is unfamiliar and alien, with images that sensitively capture how war leaves its mark on both people and landscape, an observant view that confronts our Romantic myths while describing the universal interdependency between man and nature. Includes essays by Röttger and Martin Bayer.