German-born photographer Renate Aller has been photographing the Atlantic Ocean for over a decade from a single point on the fabled Hamptons’ coastline. Her images capture the infinitely shifting colors and textures of the sky and water, and the beauty and grandeur of the ocean, providing a rich document of what has drawn people to this area for generations. The sublime beauty of this view, which Aller directly connects to the great 19th century German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, is also a metaphor for the landscape of the human emotions. Aller’s viewpoint is static, but the changing weather and light allow for a diverse series of images that open up a vast ‘visual library’ of memories and associations. Printed in Germany, the book captures the subtle mystery of her larger prints and the original oceanscapes.
Co-edited with an essay by German art historian Jasmin Seck and contributions by Hamburger Kunsthalle Museum’s contemporary art curator Dr. Petra Roettig and New York critic Richard B. Woodward that place Aller’s work both in the context of landscape photography and the history of images of the East End’s southern shore.
About the Artist
Born in Germany, Renate Aller lives and works in New York. The long term project “Oceanscapes: One View. Ten Years” was a critic’s choice by Nord Wennerstrom for ArtForum, and was reviewed by Vince Aletti for The New Yorker. Pieces from that series and other site specific art works are in the collections of corporate institutions, private collectors and museums, including The Yale University Art Gallery, the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York and Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany and the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison. She is represented by the Adamson Gallery, Washington DC, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, and the Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg, Germany.
About the Writers
Richard B. Woodward is a critic and journalist in New York who has written extensively about art and photography. He contributes regularly to The New York Times and The Wall St. Journal. His most recent essays can be found in the books Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera since 1870 (Yale University Press, 2010) and Ansel Adams in the National Parks (Little Brown, 2010).
Petra Roettig is the head of contemporary art at the Museum Hamburger Kunsthalle, where she has curated over 50 exhibitions, most recently: Olaf Metzel, Zeichnungen/drawings, Sigmar Polke, Kulturschablone, Thomas Demand, Camera, and Heribert C. Ottersbach, Arkadia Block.
Jasmin Seck is a German photo-art historian who, since 2007, has been the scientific researcher of the F.C. Gundlach Foundation, and since 2009 the administrator of the photographic library at the “House of Photography,” Deichtorhallen, both in Hamburg. She works on exhibitions, symposiums, and publications, most recently F.C. Gundlach: Das fotografische Werk, and has been an active member of the Freundeskreis des Hauses der Photographie e.V. She is also the initiator and head of the Fotobuchtage, Hamburg, and the getPublished awards, and a regular contributor to Pictorial—Art Buyers Digest.