Friday, April 29, 2011


1h. Photographs by Hans-Christian Schink. Text by Michael Pidwirny. Hatje Cantz, 2010. 96 pp., 36 duotone illustratuons, 34.1x 28.5 cm. Images from photo-eye.

YES, to all the glorious sunshine we're having! In the image series '1h' Hans-Christian Schink uses long exposure and the process of 'real solarization' to capture the sun, the result which is featured in this book.

Book description:

"Hans-Christian Schink (*1961 in Erfurt) employs an effect called 'real solarization' in his series 1 h.

Negative film can only be exposed to a certain point, for if one tries to continue the exposure later, the photochemical process is reversed and the darkest points in the negative become light again.

This special process was first described by photography pioneer William Henry Jackson in 1857; for Schink, a 1955 picture by Minor White titled Black Sun was a source of inspiration.

For 1 h, he deliberately chose to use the real solarization process combined with an extremely long exposure time. Due to the earth’s motion, the sun looks like a black streak in the sky. Thus, by applying classic photographic means, Schink manages to achieve novel, singular images."

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