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Physically absent, visually present: Joachim Schumacher’s photographs of Germany’s Ruhr Valley

Guerin, Frances (2017) Physically absent, visually present: Joachim Schumacher’s photographs of Germany’s Ruhr Valley. Journal of European Studies, 47 (4). pp. 392-410. ISSN 0047-2441. (doi:10.1177/0047244117733899) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:64154)

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This article examines the photographs of Joachim Schumacher for their vision of a landscape haunted by the forgotten, the silenced and the increasingly invisible lives erased by the re-articulation of Germany’s Ruhr region. The article places Schumacher’s work in relationship to post-war German photography, both that which imagines the memories of World War II and the Holocaust, as well as the 1980s urban photographs of the Düsseldorf School photographers. Within this context, Schumacher’s photographs are understood for their location of place and history on the revitalized Ruhr landscape. In addition, the article considers the photographs in relationship to the New Topographics to demonstrate their simultaneous placelessness. In this international context, Schumacher’s photographs can be seen as indicative of a European placelessness that has emerged in the wake of the closure of mining and industry.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0047244117733899
Subjects: N Visual Arts
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Frances Guerin
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 17:37 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 12:56 UTC
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