Anke Schaffelhuber

“What is sharpness – and who has the right to determine what should be the correct sharpness? It is my endeavor to ennoble photography and to secure the character and the effect of  art by combining the real and the ideal and with all admiration for poetry and beauty I sacrifice nothing of the truth.“ wrote the photographer Julia Cameron in a letter to the astronomer Sir John Herschel in 1864.

More than 150 years later, artist Anke Schaffelhuber also connects the real and the ideal in her large-format fantasy worlds that arise from reality. Anke Schaffelhuber creates worlds that collide and merge. She builds a new world for viewers, who after a first astonishment raise the question of why our view of the world is only one way and not entirely different. How could we shape our continent if we rethink it and think completely new? Anke Schaffelhuber has travelled to Africa more than 30 times. This is where the origin of her photographic work lies. At the side of Michael Pulitzer, she found a very special access to the African continent through the eyes of her camera. Anke Schaffelhuber is called “artist of an emphatic avant-garde”. A vision that, a few years after her first photographic expeditions, is already showing itself to be reality. In her empathy, Anke has already foreseen a lot of what is manifesting itself now with our new worldwide challenges such as climate change, new diseases, changing world order due to an unstoppable digitization. Today, we turn our gaze more and more to our continent, the earth, and look at what the generations before us have sown and what is now manifesting itself everywhere as sprawling cities without greenery, dirty beaches and seas, melting glaciers. Anke Schaffelhuber lends us these “different eyes” in her works and, if we wish, beyond that reminding us every day that there is not just one view of the world. 

Work

Featured Work

Anke Schaffelhuber

Religion

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Last Visit

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Zebra crossing

Anke Schaffelhuber

Temple of Art

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Inception

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The Frame