Olaf Otto Becker

January 1, 2010 - January 31, 2010

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Image © Olaf Otto Becker

Olaf Otto Becker

For his series “Broken Line,” Becker pursues his art like a solo explorer, searching for the visual splendor of a vast land few people visit: Greenland.  To create still, ghostly images of icebergs, glaciers, and isolated settlements eerily devoid of people, Becker patiently waits, alone, with a large-format 8 X 10 camera until the light is perfect, sometimes for days.

Trained as a painter, German artist Olaf Otto Becker claims he does not take photographs. Rather, he is “receiving and articulating the landscape.” His formal compositions reminiscent of 19th-century landscape portraiture are not just products of Becker’s curiosity about the world’s largest island. They also express melancholy for a Greenland in flux: calm scenes that seem to foreshadow the potentially drastic effects of climate change.

Becker’s endeavor with “Broken Line” may primarily be an artistic one. Yet, by recording the precise latitude and longitude coordinates for each location, he is also creating a beautiful visual record beneficial to future documentarians of global warming.

Born in 1959, Becker has exhibited widely in Europe and the U.S.  His first book, Under the Nordic Light, was short-listed for the 2006 Rencontres D’Arles Book Award, and his images from Iceland were featured at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography. The published series, Broken Line, won the German Fotobuchpreis 2008.