Alfred Seiland is part of the now rare genre of photographers who work with analogue instead of digital photography. For his epochal long-term project, Imperium Romanum, he has been traveling since 2006 through Europe, the Mediterranean countries, and the Near East, seeking out cities, ruins, landscapes, and museums located at major sites of what was once the Roman Empire. Besides the well-known destinations, the places are often difficult to access; sometimes they are not open to the public and remain hidden from the eyes of tourists. Seiland’s photographs examine themes such as the conflict between the ancient world and the modern one and the struggle to protect antique memorials and cultural assets from the dangers of uncontrolled economic development, tourism, political conflicts, and war. His epic images of landscapes and cities are impressive evidence of how the Romans and their long-vanished culture continue to connect and influence Europe and the Mediterranean region into the twenty-first century.
Some of his photographs make us painfully aware that, despite a long and checkered history, the problems and conflicts that marked the lives of people in the Roman Empire two thousand years ago have yet to be be solved.
100 framed photographs:
4 measuring 177 x 214 cm
16 measuring 155 x 186 cm
80 measuring 75 x 90 cm
The exhibition is constantly expanding and developing, and can be tailored to suit local exhibition sites.
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