Henrik Spohler (*1965) studied at the Folkwang School at the University of Essen and began working as a photographer in 1992. He has been honored many times for his works, which are included in public and private collections. Spohler is a professor of photography and teaches in the Communication Design program at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Spohler lives with his family in Hamburg, Germany.
Spohler’s work is concerned with infrastructures and technological systems defined by increasing complexity and size. Although made by humans, they are further and further removed from human scale, or else make the presence of human beings superfluous or undesirable.
In earlier projects Spohler examined the structural makeup of the rising Information Age in 0/1 Dataflow (2000/01) and industrialized food production in The Third Day (2013).
Through a cool aesthetic and a high degree of abstraction, Spohler shows his interpretation of the world we live in today. Despite its clearly recognizable critique of overconsumption, his work maintains a poetic view without falling into romanticized, visual intoxication.
His latest work, In Between, documents the globalized, streamlined world of international transportation logistics—a world that is normally unseen by the public.
All projects have been released in book form:
0/1 Dataflow, 2004
Global Soul, 2008
The Third Day, 2013
In Between, published in 2016 by Hartmann Books
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Selected solo exhibitions
When Millennium Begins, Barlach Halle K,
Triennale der Photographie, Hamburg, Germany
The Third Day, Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin, Germany
0/1 Orte des Datenflusses, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
Transformationen, The Photographers Gallery, London, Great Britain
Transformationen, Museum für Arbeit und Technik, Mannheim, Germany
Selected group exhibitions
Data Rush, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, Netherlands
7 Orte, 7 prekäre Felder, 6th MLH Photography Festival,
Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
Industry, Now; MAST, Bologna, Italy
Human Capital in Industry, MAST, Bologna, Italy
Industrial Worlds, MAST, Bologna, Italy
Fetisch Auto. Ich fahre, also bin ich,” Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
Arbeit/Labor, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Trade, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
Henrik Spohler is represented by:
Galerie Robert Morat, Hamburg, Germany