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workshop/ Jessica Backhaus: Reading between the lines

September 14 @ 10:00 - September 15 @ 18:00

September 14 @ 10:00 September 15 @ 18:00

Perfectly in balance between poetic inspiration and meticulous attention to details, Jessica Backhaus is back with a workshop that has deeply influenced the practice of many students of Micamera.

photo below: Drawing, 2009 (from Once, Still and Forever)

It must be her overwhelming passion for both her own work and the work of others, or maybe it is the experience in editing and making the best of the students’ work. Or again, her ability to empathise, or her technical skills and the mastering of light, which allows her to use colors and shapes in a way that breathes life and emotions into objects.

Jessica reconsiders the potential that lies in simple things, because ‘You can sometimes read so much more between the lines‘, whether photographs are the result of the simple act of looking, a conscius intervention of re-placing or a playful creation of shapes.

Memories in a bottle, 2011 and Suddenly, 2012 (from Once, Still and Forever)

At the workshop she will talk about the pleasures and difficulties of bookmaking, and what to consider when setting up an exhibition, the relationship with curators and galleries and what artists and works have mostly influenced her work.

Portfolio reviews in the afternoon.

workshop language: English
maximum 13 participants
Saturday 14 + Sunday 15 September at Micamera
from 10am to 6pm
tuition: 350€
info and subscriptions: [email protected]

This workshop is organised in correspondence with the artist’s exhibition at Micamera: ‘The Nature Of Things

Jessica Backhaus was born in Cuxhaven, Germany in 1970 and grew up in an artistic family. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Paris, where she later studied photography and visual communications. Here, in 1992, she met Gisèle Freund, who became her mentor. In 1995 her passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her own projects and lived until 2009.

Jessica Backhaus is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Kunsthalle in Erfurt, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Her photographs are in many prominent art collections including Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany, ING Art Collection, Belgium, Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA and the Margulies Collection, Miami, USA.

photo by Ilaria Turba

She has published ten books with Kehrer Verlag: Jesus and the Cherries (2005), What Still Remains (2008), One Day in November (2008, dedicated to Gisèle Freund), I Wanted to See the World (2010), ONE DAY – Ten Photographers (2010), Once, Still and Forever (2012), Six Degrees of Freedom (2015), A Trilogy (2017), Cut Outs (2021), Plein Soleil (2024). She has also released Far Away But Close (2019) with Another Place Press and Indications of the sea with dumas-salchli (2024).

In addition, Jessica Backhaus’ work is also included in: Women Photographers. From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman by Boris Friedewald (Prestel, 2014) and The Photographers’ Sketchbooks by Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals (Thames & Hudson, 2014).