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.