Portfolio Critique – Matthias Koch Cimarron

Updated on August 21, 2017 in Critique
8 on July 12, 2017

I am originally from Germany. I lived and worked in Chile, Venezuela, Mexico and France and  have currently established my basecamp in the South of France.

My website www.matthiaskoch.co

I do not have a special education in photography, which results in an a very free and unconventional approach. My photography is driven by a personal search for meaning and understanding of the surrounding world. Photography is for me a tool for philosophical investigation and research of truth as well as a vehicle for artistic expression. The interaction between Humans, Space and Time and the underlying concept of Impermanence is one of my favorite subjects. 

Photographs are mostly taken on the street and used afterwards for conceptual projects. In this sense I do not really know if I would qualify my photography as street photography, but personally I am not convinced that all these categories make sense, honestly I do not really care about, …

The portfolio below is from the body of work Cimarron

“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Cimarron is the Spanish word for Maroons (from the Latin American Spanish word cimarrón: “feral animal, fugitive, runaway”) were Africans who escaped from slavery in the Americas and formed independent settlements. The term can also be applied to their descendants.

 

 

 

 
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1 on July 13, 2017

Matthias Eric Kim here. Very very good work. I’d see if you could find a publisher and get your work published. Seriously really great work, love the grain, grit, mood, sense of loss, wandering, and the mix of human and nature is strong.

on July 14, 2017

Thank you Eric for these nice words ! Indeed I just published a small book – Unheimlichkeit – which also contains most of above shown photographs.

Another publication is in preparation, together with the French philosopher Claude Molzino.

Be strong …- ))

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1 on July 13, 2017

Matthias, il love that kind of photograph , tolle Arbeit !!! 

 

on July 14, 2017

Merci Hugues !

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1 on July 14, 2017

I do like some of your images, but its too contrasty for my taste! Keep it up though!

 

on July 14, 2017

Thank you for your comment ! Yes the strong contrast may not be liked by everybody, but I try too keep only what is essential,you need shadow to make the light visible , and you need light to show the reality …

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0 on July 14, 2017

reminds me of Daido Moriyama’s work too!

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0 on August 21, 2017

yeah !!!…great work…it really resembles Moriyama work…congrats…

 

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