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© Philipp Lachenmann<br/>    Picture: Jens Bruchhaus, Munich<br />

Philipp Lachenmann

Born 1963 in Munich, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Cologne and Los Angeles

San Andreas Fault Project/Schoolhouse, 2003

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28 x 37 cm

Philipp Lachenmann uses photography as a traditional medium for documentation and portraying reality. For his "San Andreas Fault Project" series, he conducted a geographical search of the San Andreas Fault, which runs through the U.S. State of California at the edge of two tectonic plates. Working with geologists, he used GPS data to determine the exact line of the fault at the surface, and captured it in some 60 photos.

The geological gap caused by the fault is not always clearly visible in the photographs. However, Lachenmann's focus is on the documentation of the earthquake-prone region, also of individual tracts where idyllic appearances are deceiving.

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