5Q2 - Andreas Gehrke

Empty spaces and wastelands are recurring motifs in his art photography, so clearly we wanted to know more about him: for our format 5 questions to (5Q2), we talked to Andreas Gehrke, photographer and publisher from Berlin, who took over our Instagram account in April 2021.



Andreas Gehrke (b. 1975, Berlin) is a self-taught photographer and publisher who lives and works in Berlin. Empty spaces, wastelands, peripheral areas and their transformation processes are recurring motifs in his art photography



Photo: Felix Brüggemann

Fototreff: Did you encounter a special challenge while working on the project you’re showing (the long-term project and recently published book “Berlin”)?

Andreas Gehrke: The challenge was to overcome my own autobiographically influenced way of seeing the city.

Fototreff: Is there a photographer or artist who influenced you in a particular way?

Andreas Gehrke: Many, but the strongest influence came most likely from Baltz, Schmidt, Gossage and Evans because I was introduced to their work so early, when I was still a teenager.

Fototreff: Which (photo) book should everybody own (or would you like to have)?

Andreas Gehrke: Maybe it’s time for a nice reprint of Richard Avedon’s „In the American West“ ??

Fototreff: Can you recommend an exhibition we should go and see right away?

Andreas Gehrke: I’m sorry, it’s not the perfect time to recommend exhibitions.

Fototreff: Have you started working on a new project? Any beans to spill?

Andreas Gehrke: Plenty of new work and possibly there will be another Berlin series about the present situation and latest developments.

Thank you very much for this short interview and your takeover.

See this and other takeovers on the FOTOTREFF Berlin Instagram channel: