Stephan Zirwes

Nov 22, 2012


The German photographer couple, Bernd and Hilla Becher, once described their work as „anonymous sculpture.“ The same words could describe the work of Stephan Zirwes, who photographs known objects from an unknown angle – the sky.

The German photographer trains his lens from the height of an airborne helicopter, capturing everyday images from a rare perspective. Zirwes invites viewers to look at the world vertically.
From that viewpoint, the familiar suddenly becomes foreign, challenging us to reinterpret our surroundings.

Ranging from corn fields and scrap yards to festival parking lots and glaciers, his subjects have been described as „conceived without consideration for proportions or ornamental structures. Their aesthetic consists in the fact that they were created without aesthetic intention.“

Zirwes‘ upcoming exhibition, Facing Pages, showcases his early and new works in pairs: one image juxtaposed against the other like the pages of an open book. It shows that even the most diverse objects can share a sameness, whether in their design or content.

Stephan Zirwes


November 23rd – December 2nd, 2012
Bismarckstr. 68
50672 Cologne