Josef Hoflehner (1955) lives in Austria but works everywhere: he has long held a fascination with secluded places and empty spaces and since the early 1990′s, he has worked in some of the most remote and forbidding areas of the world; including Antarctica, Vietnam, China, Japan, the Yemen, Iceland, and most recently, the Deep South of the United States. This exhibition will draw from each.
His black and white images are seen in dream-time – where everything is slowed down and the landscapes are reduced to elemental and painterly shapes; they are sublime, and quiet – and offer us something not picked up by the naked eye in real-time. The prints are beautiful; and are reminiscent, in their technical purity, of the great masters of early twentieth century landscape photography.
The IPA (International Photography Awards) last year voted Hoflehner Nature Photographer of the Year 2007.
2x German Photography Book Award (2004, 2005)
Austrian State Prize (2004)
International Kodak Photo Calendar Award (2006)
Nature Photographer of the Year (IPA – 2007-USA)