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© Ralph Müller, Courtesy of Galerie Oliver Schweden<br/>    Picture: Jens Bruchhaus, Munich<br />

Ralph Müller

Born 1961 in Düsseldorf, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf

Pass-Straße (St. Gotthard), 2001

C-print, on DIBOND aluminium
86 x 118 cm

Ralph Müller's photographs are usually devoid of people. They show lakes, houses, trees, flowers. The preferred motifs of this student of Bernd and Hilla Becher, however, are roads. They too are empty. No cars, no people. Müller's roads lead through the outskirts of cities, industrial areas, or wind through landscapes. Streets pressed between rows of houses are of no interest to the photo artist from Düsseldorf. His focus is on the tension created between a road and the vastness of space.

In his work, "Pass-Straße (St. Gotthard)", a newly paved road with white reflecting centre stripes winds through a green mountain landscape, only to lose itself in the hills. It has similarities to the stream on the right which flows towards the valley in a gentle curve, recognisable as a white trail of light reflecting from the rippling water. Both are making their way through space.

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