5Q2 - Albrecht Fuchs
In December 2020, photographer Albrecht Fuchs told us more about a very special challenge involving Ennio Morricone – in our format 5 questions to (5Q2) where we ask the artists of our Instagram takeovers about the work they show, their influences and upcoming plans.
Albrecht Fuchs was born in Bielefeld in 1984 and studied Visual Communication/Photography at Universität, Essen. He is a Portrait Photographer and lives and works in Cologne. His survey exhibition “Fuchs Album. Portraits 1989 – 2020” at Museum für Photographie Braunschweig opened in October and can be seen at Kunsthaus Nürnberg from January 16 – March 21, 2021 (hopefully..), followed by a third station at Leopold Hoesch Museum in Düren (June 21- September 19, 2021).
Photo: Hans Peter Feldmann
Fototreff Berlin: Did you encounter a special challenge while working on the project you’re showing?
Albrecht Fuchs: Well, since I am showing portraits from roughly the last thirty years in this takeover, there is not one special challenge. Maybe with one exception: to keep Ennio Morricone awake for more than 15 minutes in front of my camera.
FT: Is there a photographer or artist who influenced you in a particular way?
AF: There certainly are a lot of influences. In 1989, got to know the Photographer Evelyn Hofer and her work in New York. Her portraits of artists like Saul Steinberg and Balthus, as well as her classical composed portraits shot in New York and Dublin in the 1960s had a strong impact on me and were motivation for me to begin my portrait work.
August Sander, of course looms large on the horizon” to quote myself from an interview from my “Album” book. The portraits of Diane Arbus, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe were certainly influencial as well John Deakin with his portraits of the 1950´s and 1960´s art scene.
Unlike the portraits of these photographers, for me colur is an essential element of my work.
I love the work of Larry Clark, Williams Eggleston, Jeff Wall, Cindy Sherman, that mostly not predominantly work with portrait photography and I am a fan of Wolfgang Tillman´s unique approach to Photography.
FT: Which (photo-) book should everybody own (or you would like to have?
AF: There is not one single photobook, that suits every photographer. I, for my part would like to have the first edition of “Williams Eggelston´Guide”. I missed bying it, when I was living in New York, taking a break from my studies, in 1989 for just $ 6,99, not long before it became out of print.
FT: Can you recommend an exhibition we should go and see right away?
AF: If in Berlin I certainly would recommend to see the current show of Wolfgang Tillmans at Galerie Buchholtz.
FT: Have you started working on a new project? Any beans to spill?
AF: No beans to spill yet..