Monday, October 29, 2007

Volker Seding passes

I got an email from Stephen Bulger last week that photographer Volker Seding had passed away following a bout of cancer.

Volker Seding was born in Berlin in 1943. He studied under Master Photographer Klaus Berger in Hannover, Germany, coupled with his attendance at art school, where he studied drawing, painting, and later cinematography, from 1962-1965. He immigrated to Canada in 1966 where he worked as a cinematographer doing documentary films, industrial commercials, and feature films. In 1976, he returned to his first love, photography, and worked solely as an artist ever since. His work has been exhibited widely across North America and can be found in numerous important institutions and private collections.

His work included The Facades Project, Animal Kingdom, The Zoo Project, The Mainstreet Project and the Metalworks Project among others. I remeber a few years ago seeign work from both Facades and Mainstreet which gave me pause to think and reflect on my own urban work.

I'd also seen work from his Zoo series years ago in Doubletake magazine and had actually dug it out earlier this year as I was figuring out ways to photograph "through barriers"

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