Photographs by Joerg Koopmann. Text by Daniel Pies.
Book with a Beard, 2009. 160 pp., 106 color illustrations, 9x11¾".
A newly founded publishing house from Munich (with a name no less funny than “These Birds Walk“) has put into print and covers one of the series I liked best last year, “the naked forest“ and set it against a second series called “pet houses“. The latter was taken in the aftermath of the Kathrina hurricane in New Orleans, and it makes a lot more sense than say the posh and utterly meaningless series one Robert Polidori brought back. Koopmann achieves this by photographing empty houses that carry graffiti tags by animal rights groups that documented the animals living in the abandonded houses, their condition and the food they had and should be given. “The naked forest“ is a longtime project of portraying animals (ants, an eagle, a horse rolling on his back, cats, dolphins just to name a few) all around the world, in each case right in the centre of the frame, with a sometimes calm, sometimes humourous, sometimes cruel formal quality that brings Eggleston to mind. Both series together in this nicely produced book work together by cleverly questioning the space inhabi-
ted by or alloted to animals, their life and death, the way we see and feel them in a distanced yet caring way. - Sebastian Hau
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