Ralph Hinterkeuser
  • Firenze
  • Venezia
  • Introduction

  • Bio

  • Exhibitions

  • Publications

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Firenze and Venezia

In Ralph Hinterkeuser’s large-format work, Florence and Venice are presented in such picturesque detail as to seem nearly unreal. While the streets are empty in the early morning hours, the mysterious cities reveal their true faces to the photographer. It is gripping and emotional.

Ralph Hinterkeuser’s work is characterised by warm colouring and classical composition. The cities appear almost like stage sets. Stillness creates tension, and the atmosphere is thick. Hinterkeuser packs as much information as possible into each image.


Ralph Hinterkeuser first learned the subtleties of the trade as an assistant to Walter Schels. In Bielefeld, Germany, he began to study photo and film design in 1983 under Gottfried Jäger and Jörg Boström. His large-format pictures of urban and rural spaces are impressive for their high density and narrative power. Born in Bonn in 1959, Hinterkeuser now lives and works in Berlin.


To give Venice’s canals, bridges and gondolas a new coat of paint, Hinterkeuser captures the city, often called “The Queen of the Adriatic”, in nuanced, breathtaking light. This gives his compositions extraordinarily rich colour. Hinterkeuser does not just depict Venice; instead, he provides an individual, deeply personal introduction to the lagoon city. The palazzi appear peaceful and yet powerful, the waterways shimmering beneath them.

Ralph Hinterkeuser’s fascinating series Venezia offers a new look at what is probably the most-photographed island in the world. Perhaps New Objectivity photographer Albert Renger-Patzsch explained this phenomena best when he said, “Even very familiar things offer entirely new perspectives when viewed in parts.”

In order to create a resonance, one must let himself be set in motion.
Ralph Hinterkeuser
1959Born in Bonn
1983-1988Photo and Film Design with Professor Gottfried Jäger and Professor Jörg Boström, Bielefeld, University of Applied Sciences
Lives and works in Berlin

Awards (Selection)

2004Promotion of the Art Foundation NRW
2003DAAD Scholarship for a project based in Baku, Azerbaijan
1999Scholarship from the Else-Heiliger Fund

Collections (Selection)

DZ Bank, Frankfurt
Private collections

Exhibitions (Selection)

2009Images du Nord, Le Carré d'Art, Chartres de Bretagne (with M. Bridges, J.-L. Garnell, J. Koudelka, B. Plossu et al.)
20071, 2, 3 couleur II, Centre Régional de la Photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais, Douai (with Robin Dance, Jean-Louis Garnell, Philippe
1, 2, 3 couleur I, Centre Régional de la Photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais, Douai (with Martin Parr, Wolfgang Zurborn)
Univers Industriel, Centre Régional de la Photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais, Douchy-les-Mines (with D. Auerbacher, M. Bridges, J-L. Garnell, B. Gilden, J. Koudelka, M. Séméniako u.a.)
2006„formen :: finden“, Paraphrasen zu Skulpturen Karl Menzens in dessen Atelier, Berlin
2004Erfurt, Lille and other stages, Kunsthalle Erfurt
BerlinBauten, Qiz Qalasi Gallery, Baku und Gallery Pernkopf, Berlin
2002Fifty : Fifty - Gebaute und nicht gebaute Architektur für Berlin 1990 bis 2000 (Fifty Fifty - Built and Un-built Architecture for Berlin 1990 - 2000), Berlinische Galerie im Kunstforum der Grundkreditbank, Berlin
Aux marges du paysage, (with Lewis Baltz, Marilyn Bridges, Thierry Girard, Fumimasa Hosokawa, Kunihiko Katsumata, Philippe Lesage, Tamaki Motoki, Masatoshi Sakamoto, Jacques Vilet), Institut franco-japonais de Tokyo, Tokyo
2001Raumbilder - Spatial Pictures (with Jürgen Hohmuth and Michael Schroedter), Federal Ministry for Construction and Land Use, Bonn
Landscapes/Paesaggi, Marcovaldo, Caraglio (with Jocelyne Alloucherie, Alain Balzac, Olivo Barbieri, Gabriele Basilico, Franco Fontana, Karen Knorr, Stephen Roach, Michel, Séméniako) and Racconigi, Piemont, Italy
Lille Metropole, Mission Photographique Transmanche, Centre Régional de la Photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais, Douchy-les-Mines, with the Goethe Institut Lille, France; 2003 Institut Français, Berlin; 2004 Kunsthalle Erfurt
1997zu Hause (At Home), Kunstverein Rhein-Sieg, Hennef
1996L'Amour de l'Art, Artothèque de Nantes, Nantes, France
Sur-Nature IV, Nouveau Théâtre d'Angers, Angers, France
Creme of Mars, (with Tinka von Hasselbach), Bonn
Import/Export, Cologne, (with Cora Cohen and Jack Sal)
Scènes Coulisses, Autour des Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France
Creme of Mars, Bonn (with Tinka von Hasselbach)

Books/Catalogs (Selection)

Stahl Werk - Skulpturen von Karl Menzen in Fotografien von Ralph Hinterkeuser, Berlin 2012
"Im Feuerland", in: Culturscapes Aserbaidschan, Kulturgeschichte und Politik zwischen Kaukasus und Kaspischem Meer, Basel 2009
Transit Erfurt. Kunsthalle Erfurt, 2004
L’empereur, sa femme et le p’tit prince. Sammlungskatalog der Artothèque d’Angers, 2004
Fifty : Fifty - Gebaute und nicht gebaute Architektur für Berlin 1990 bis 2000. Berlinische Galerie 2001
Raumbilder. Katalog der Fotoausstellung des Bundesamtes für Bauwesen und Raumordnung RaumNutzung im Rahmen des Zukunftsforums Raumplanung, Bonn (mit Jürgen Hohmuth und Michael Schroedter), 2001
Landscapes/Paesaggi. Marcovaldo, Caraglio, Italien (mit Jocelyne Alloucherie, Alain Balzac, Olivo Barbieri, Gabriele Basilico, Franco Fontana, Karen Knorr, Stephen Roach, Michel Séméniako), 2001
Lille Métropole. Cahier 25 der Mission Photographique Transmanche, Centre Régional de la Photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais, Douchy-les-Mines, Frankreich, 2001

Essays/Articles (Selection)

„Fenster und Spiegel“, in: Kann Fotografie unsere Zeit in Bilder fassen? 25 Jahre Bielefelder Symposien über Fotografie und Medien 1979 - 2004
mare No. 43 „Kaspisches Öl“, 2004
Geographische Rundschau 10/2004 „Ressourcenreichtum und Umweltzerstörung am Kaspischen Meer" 2004
Relaunch der Internetpräsenz www.architekturfoto.de, 2002
Foto-Magazin 4/2002, Heinz-Jürgen Kruppa: Architektur als Kulisse (zu „Lille Métropole“), 2002

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