Kontakt – a book of contact sheets

A book about contact sheets

“A dimension of time develops, similar to that found primarily in musical compositions, from the interaction between the composition process in the contact sheets, the formal structure and the viewer’s perception for whom the inextricable connection between the images becomes accessible through the contact sheet.” – Julia Kneppe

A way to contact sheets

“Long before his montages of contact sheets, the artist received his first camera at the age of four. During his studies of art and social sciences in Siegen/Germany, the artist, who was born in Bonn in 1966 chose to major in photography instead of painting. At the beginning of his career as part of his study program, Kellner was confronted with the pinhole camera in various projects. After his studies, he created a new, up to then unique visual language. The desire arose within him to distance himself from documentary photography, to reinvent the photographic image in reference to contact sheets and to develop his own unique visual language. Since 1997, Thomas Kellner has concentrated on architecture and interior spaces. In his contact sheets, he relinquishes the usual rules of composition, the relationships between proportions and the restrictions of shapes. For the representation of a unified whole in the form of contact sheets, Kellner shoots countless details of a structure, i.e. fragments which he arranges playfully, thereby allowing the building in the image to dance and sway. Similar to the eye of the viewer, his camera moves over the whole structure, takes in individual details and reassembles them in contact sheets.” – Agnes Reschka

Catalog of Contact Sheets by Thomas Kellner

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The special edition of Kontakt

While the interior of the Kontakt book is printed in black and white, the three illustrations of the special edition are printed in color as included stickers.

Images of the special edition

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Detailed information about Kontakt

Title: Thomas Kellner – Kontakt
Editor: Thomas Kellner
Authors: Julia Kneppe, Agnes Reschka M.A., Stefanie Scheit-Koppitz, Prof. Dr. Marianna Michalowska
Photographer: Thomas Kellner
Content: 64 pages, 3 plates
Size: 15,2 × 22,8cm, softcover, brochur
Languages: German, English, Polish
Publisher: seltmann+söhne
Edition: 1000
ISBN: 978-3-944721-28-6
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Price: 19,80 Euros
Edition of the special edition 100 copies (numbered, signed, incl. 3 stickers of installation images)
Price of the special edition 49,90 Euros

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Thank you to the authors Julia Kneppe, Agnes Reschka M.A., Stefanie Scheit-Koppitz, Prof. Dr. Marianna Michalowsk, to Marc Babenschneider for design and Seltmann Printart for production of my Catalog "Kontakt" about my contact sheets and for printing this photobook, other photobooks and exquisite issues.