Henry Schulz – people things
Henry Schulz creates magical image spaces in his photographs that work with memories and moments from our history.
The 61 photographs in this series were taken by Henry Schulz between 2020 and 2023 in various lands of Germany, in which he developed a fascinating psychogram of our cultural landscapes. The precisely designed sections, compo- sition and structures of these often abandoned places reveal an image space that works with moments of memory and expands the simple, seemingly everyday subjects into our own history.
Fine traces of Albert Renger-Patzsch, Lee Friedlander and Michael Schmidt can be found. With Henry Schulz, too, the serial nature of the work always meets a visual-psychological reading of the place. But the quiet theatricality of human things in Henry Schulz’s recordings arises from the here and now, asking questions about our culture of memory and our awareness of the destruction of nature and the use of existing resources.
The images succeed in making the social changes in these special cultural spaces between town and country, be tween yesterday and today, visible. In these visual time periods, complex concepts such as home and memory can be reinterpreted in a special, documentary way. With the help of this photographic approach, a valid, contemporary image of the places and landscapes is created, which describes the representation of their aura and transformation through time and us humans.