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Axel Hütte

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Hoh Rain Forest - 2, USA, 2007 C-print 172 X 237 Cm © Waddington Galleries
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Niah Cave-1, Borneo , 2008 C-print 172 X 257 Cm / 67.7 X 101.2 in © Courtesy of the artist & Waddington Galleries
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Capulin Fire - 1, Dip., New Mexico , 2007 Ditone 92 1/2 X 61 in Each / 235 X 155 Cm Each © Courtesy of the artist & Waddington Galleries
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Danum Valley-1, Borneo , 2008 Ditone 225 X 155 Cm / 88.6 X 61 in © Courtesy of the artist & Waddington Galleries
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Geltenhorn, Schweiz , 2007 C-print 135 X 165 Cm / 53.1 X 65 in © Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf
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Frankfurt, (Night), 2011 Detail © Axel Hütte / Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf
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Portrait #19 , 2006 C-print 135 X 165 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Akinci
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Aranjuez-5 , 2007 C Print 157 X 207 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Akinci
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Essen, Germany
Birth year
1951
Lives in
Düsseldorf
Works in
Düsseldorf
Statement

Axel Hütte is aGerman Photographer. He is known for his sober, clinical look at post-war German architecture, and later for his photographs that examined the uneasy interaction of buildings within the natural environment. His preoccupation with the exploration of landscape continues in a series of photographs taken in Greece and exhibited at the Eleni Koroneou Gallery in Athens.

His photographs rely on the use of compositional and structural devices to create an intense atmosphere that evokes feelings such as solitude and loneliness. His vast expanses of space in the natural environment possess the meditative quality and air of detachment so typical of 19th century German landscape painting. Hütte's unmediated observation is reminiscent of the quasi-scientific objectivity that also characterizes the German naturalist tradition. His direct rendering of the landscape avoids the trappings of emotional excess and entirely refutes the self-conscious pathos of the romantic tradition.

Hütte is part of a generation of German photographers that includes Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, and Andreas Gursky, all of whom have been students of Bernd Becher.

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