Hans Hansen is one of the most important contemporary artists of still-life photography. His work combines poetic still lifes and precise documentary product photographs. His view of things is pared right down, his gaze at once linear and full of energy. His pictures feature everyday products and utilitarian objects. With a mix of technical precision and graphic minimalism, he gives the objects a specific presence and teaches us to take a fresh look at ordinary items from our everyday lives. Over the decades Hansen has played a crucial part in shaping our perception of commonplace objects, exerting an influence that is almost unparalleled amongst photographers in his field. The catalogue appears in conjunction with the exhibition “Hans Hansen: Still Life – Photographs 1957 – 2017” at C/O Berlin (13 July – 10 September 2017).
Text: Hartmut Böhme, Hannes Böhringer, Falk Haberkorn, Felix Hoffmann, Axel Kufus, Juhani Uolevi Pallasma, Anna Voswinckel