Olaf Otto Becker, born 1959 in Travemünde, Northern Germany, studied communication design focusing on photography in Augsburg and philosophy and religious studies in Munich. After his studies he worked as a freelance designer and photographer. Since 2003 he realizes his own self assigned projects and is a regular contributor for the New York Times Magazine.
Since his first book “Unter dem Licht des Nordens“, released in 2005 together with Markus Schaden, he published four impressive volumes, the last of them being the highly praised and reviewed „Reading the Landscape (Hatje Cantz, 2014), where he, after realizing all his previous projects (Under the Nordic light, Broken line, Above Zero) in arctic regions decided to go into the tropical rainforrest.
His impressive landscapes deal with processes of change caused by climate change and other man made influences. His works are presented internationally in Galeries and exhibitions, beside others in the exhibition „Land Meets Water“ curated by Peter Galassy, at Artipelag, Stockholm 2105.
In his own words:
„On all my travels to the remotest places on earth, on my own or as a participant of scientific expeditions, I observed and documented changes in landscape. As an eyewitness I am worried by the consequence of our doings. The increasing overpopulation changes the natural order of our planet, thus future natural disasters may be man-made.“
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Selected solo exhibitions
Stadthaus Ulm, Germany
The National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen, Denmark
Alfred-Erhardt-Stiftung, Cologne, Germany
Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany
Selected group exhibitions
Land meets Water, Artipelag, Stockholm, Sweden
Landscape in my mind, Kunstforum Wien, Austria
Glenbow Museum Calgary, Kanada
El Paso Museum of Art, Texas, USA
Seeing Glacial Time, Tufts University Art Gallery, Boston, USA
State of the Art: New Contemporary Photography, NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Germany
Alt+ 1000. Festival de photographie de montagne, Rossinière, Switzerland.
BredaPhoto, International Photo Festival, Breda, Niederlande
Olaf Otto Becker is represented by:
Galerie f5,6, Munich, Germany
Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria
Wouter van Leeuwen, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Galerie Robert Morat, Hamburg, Germany