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© Olaf Otto Becker<br/>    Picture: Courtesy of Galerie f5,6, Munich<br />

Olaf Otto Becker

Born 1959 in Lübeck-Travemünde, Germany
Lives and works on Lake Starnberg

Kiatånguaq 2, 72°49'10" N, 56°17'07" W (from the "Broken Line" series), 2006

Pigment print
63 x 75 cm

From 2003 to 2006, Olaf Otto Becker navigated a total of some 4,000 km along the west coast of Greenland in a small inflatable boat. He nearly reached the 75° N latitude in Melville Bay, creating portraits of the local landscape with his large format camera like a painter from the 19th century. With his photographs, he highlights the silence, melancholy and grandeur of this uninhabited country.

Seconds, minutes, degrees – each image is labelled with precise GPS coordinates, like an explorer wanting to accurately document the beauty witnessed. The artist often waited days for the right lighting for his shots. In the special glow of the midnight sun, he photographed awe-inspiring compositions of ice and light. Olaf Otto Becker's Arctic landscapes of Greenland are documents of a rapidly changing landscape in which the impact of climate change are already clearly evidenced.

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