Thomas Kellner – 11-Loch-Arbeiten

Pinhole – old technique, new impulses

After experimenting with different pinhole cameras between 1993 and 1998, Thomas Kellner built two important cameras. One of them was a panorama-camera for the complete length of a 35mm-film and the other one for large format film with 11 pinholes. The results in this black and white published exhibition catalogue are multi-perspective objects which are repeated several times within the picture.

Working with this camera in different projects and changing themes consequently lead into the deconstructed multiple composed images. 1997 those images were the starting point for his contact-sheets of 35mm films.

“Numerously contorted and from the orthogonal shifted segments of the picture demand a continuous alteration in the direction of view and location to align oneself as usual in accordance with gravity. As this is impossible, we are continuously forced to ask ourselves where we are within the picture’s depth at present. Already slight discrepancies in the axis given suffice to confuse view and orientation which sometimes reminds of a dream’s irrationality.

Yet to me Kellner’s works are like stories from dreams which we can only recollect in pieces after we have awakened and with which it is so hard to recapitulate the linearity of the “narrative”. Different times, distances, perceptions intertwine; leaps and illogical sequences alternate with seemingly realistic pictures until the imagined disappears within the fog of oblivion.” (Gerhard Glüher)

Thomas Kellner catalog 11-pinhole-photography

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Title: Thomas Kellner – 11-Loch Arbeiten
Editor: Verein zur Förderung der Kultur in Gummersbach
Author: Gerhard Glueher
Photographer: Thomas Kellner
Content: 24 pages, 18 plates
Size: 21 × 29,5cm, staple-bound
Language: German
Publisher: seltmann+söhne
Edition: 1000
ISBN: 978-3-942831-65-9
Release Date: January 16, 2000
Price: 9,80 Euros
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Thank you to Gerhard Glüher for his wonderful essay.