Horst Schäfer. Sichtbares sichtbar machen. Düsseldorf, New York, Paris

Horst Schäfer reveals the contrasty qualities of the urban space in his photographs. Urban life and architecture – the two main aspects of his photography, are evolving in formal strength and expression since the 1950s. Leaving Germany in 1960 for North America, Schaefer started focussing on architecture. The skyscraper fronts in New York City sometimes seemed like twodimensional shapes, which led him to abstract photography.

Schaefer’s second aspect, the urban life, can be seen congruent to his architectural series. His focus lays on one person or a group of people, capturing their everyday life. Schaefer is able to show a defined momentum of meaning: the ongoing urbanization and the people within.

Schaefer is reknowned in both the US and Germany. His works can be found in collections such as the J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles.

Horst Schaefer, Duesseldorf, 1982

Horst Schaefer, NY Pennsylvania Station, 1962

Horst Schaefer, Paris Court Royal, 1995

Horst Schäfer. Sichtbares sichtbar machen. Düsseldorf, New York, Paris

Horst Schäfer reveals the contrasty qualities of the urban space in his photographs. Urban life and architecture – the two main aspects of his photography, are evolving in formal strength and expression since the 1950s. Leaving Germany in 1960 for North America, Schaefer started focussing on architecture. The skyscraper fronts in New York City sometimes seemed like twodimensional shapes, which led him to abstract photography.

Schaefer’s second aspect, the urban life, can be seen congruent to his architectural series. His focus lays on one person or a group of people, capturing their everyday life. Schaefer is able to show a defined momentum of meaning: the ongoing urbanization and the people within.

Schaefer is reknowned in both the US and Germany. His works can be found in collections such as the J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles.