Roger Frei l Hannes Henz

Organizer: gta Ausstellungen
Date: Thursday, 30 September 2010 to Thursday, 21 October 2010 Mo-Fr 8 a.m.-10 p.m., closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Location: Architekturfoyer, HIL, Hönggerberg, ETH Zürich

Photography plays a significant role in the presentation of architecture, whether as part of an exhibition or in a publication. And yet a photograph of a building does more than merely document the architecture depicted: it also bears the indelible mark of its creator. “Architecture Photography Positions”, a new exhibition series at the Institute gta juxtaposing the work of changing pairs of architectural photographers, kicks off with a show devoted to Roger Frei and Hannes Henz.

Roger Frei trained as an architect and has worked as an independent architectural photographer in Zurich since 2006. The present exhibition includes his series “Industrial Silence”, in which he focuses on Switzerland’s industrial landscape in flux. In the wake of outsourcing many facilities, now empty, await renovation or demolition. Frei’s images, however, do more than simply document empty spaces: they conjure their silence and sensory appeal back to life.

Hannes Henz, of Zurich, turned to architectural photography in 1991 after training as an architect. He uses two-dimensional images in a bid to reconstruct within the minds of his viewers the three-dimensional precincts figured, and thus show that each actual space is itself the product of the detailed planning that preceded its construction. His work is accordingly intended to suss out the “intellectual space” of a discipline that understands itself principally as an art. His aim is to produce photographs that speak to viewers on a range of levels – that transport the beholder into the very images they are admiring.

An exhibition by the Institute gta, with Roger Frei and Hannes Henz, in collaboration with Swiss Foundation of Photography, Winterthur, and Keystone, Zurich