Andreas Muller-Pohle was born in Brunswick, Germany he is an artist and publisher. He has been the editor of European Photography magazine since 1980. He has been a consultant and a visiting professor for many institutions.(biography) Pohle has written books , participated in photo festivals, has been in many exhibitions featureing his photography and digital works and participates in the Danube River Project. His current project is Hong Kong Waters, a multimedia water trilogy.
I researched Andreas Muller-Pohle because I thought his work was interesting due to the fact that he is a photographer much like myself. On his website his photographs are described as a result of “theoretical reflection”. Most of his work is based off of photography. And then he relates them to the digital world. Pohle believes that the camera is a program that is meant to see the outside world as the photographer/viewer sees it. This means that the viewers’ interests are projected onto the photo itself. Pohle’s alternate concept of photography is to follow these steps “(1) take hold of the camera; (2) press upon the releaser; (3) look at the pictures that result; (4) choose one”. The decisions then go from you choosing what to photograph, to choosing an already made photograph. Then you will see that the camera alone can create elegant and abstract images. His collection of images using this technique is called Transformance. Much like digital art in these pictures you may not be able to tell what something is because it is from a different perception.
Through his work I see an alternate universe, when in reality it is everyday landscapes and objects just altered through digital art and other techniques. The perception of the world he creates is compelling and striking. Whether he has altered a mountain landscape into a dream like illusion, or taken photos without ever looking to create a “space-time-continuum” or even decoding the alphanumeric code of faces, he has created meaningful art if its own kind. More specifically in the reading his digitized images were shown. He took a photo and converted the bytes into alphanumberic code in eight panels. Then he also did a series called face codes where he took videos and then took the still images like photos of people and reworked them digitally to show a alphanumeric code and then showed that code on the bottom of the screen. Also, he took the worlds first photograph and through digital encoding created an image.
His work has its own style so, therefore I do not believe he could do anything differently to make it better. But I think he could have expanded on his Constellations and Transformance collections to incorporate more unique things then the side of a building or water.