Photographs by Kai-Olaf Hesse.
ex pose verlag, 2014. 280 pp., 201 color illustrations, 8¼x10½".
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Is it possible to portray a city? How to avoid clichés especially with a city like Dresden, once the glorious 'Florence on the river Elbe,' then devastated in WW2 with inhabitants who would like to ignore historical facts and prefer to admire the restored landmarks only? A three-month grant allowed Kai-Olaf Hesse to explore Dresden in virtually all directions. Without prejudice he looked around and registered all from the re-erected Frauenkirche to the faded colours of abandoned factories. His style loosely connected to what is known as 'Contemporary German' is sober, but not without empathy for his discoveries regardless of their historic or other significance. As he wandered crisscross through the environment he came upon some obvious sights but even more onto easily overlooked and even stunning details. As the photographer is also an accomplished book designer and editor the double pages he created give his sometimes minimalistic findings further meaning. Kai-Olaf Hesse¹s mosaic-like portrait of Dresden encompasses genuine and dubious beauty.