“Deep Black” is a series of exhibitions in cooperation with Städtische Galerie Iserlohn, Kulturstiftung Schloss Agathenburg, Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Kunsthalle Erfurt and Kunstgalerie Fürth was inititated by Bernhard Knaus Fine Art and will follow up 2009 in the Kunstverein Mannheim. The exhibitions showed the different aspects and themes of Peter Schlör in a wide selection of photographic works. Artist Peter Schlör (*1964) made a name for himself around the world with his unique style of black-and-white photography. Landscapes empty of people, deserted houses and towns: Schlör’s work is about archetypes such as the tree, the river, or the house, which have been timeless, meaningful symbols for human beings of all eras and all cultures. Marked by powerful compositional austerity and a strong contrast between light and dark, Schlör‘s images achieve a remarkable tension. Besides his individual photographs, Schlör has recently concentrated upon series in which he pursues a disturbing game with perception. The motif often appears the same, yet in fact, Schlör has altered his standpoint so subtly that it is often only apparent upon second glance. His new series “Mirador” and “Fuencaliente” show a reflection about water and light in a very fascinating and magic atmosphere. “Boskett” , “Organgerie” and “Pappeln” stand within the tradition of his interest in trees and how they create space and rhythm in a domesticated nature.
Accompanying the exhibitions the catalogue „Deep Black“ was released at Hatje Cantz Publishers, edited by Bernhard Knaus. The volume, which features over 100 plates of duplex quality, is the first to provide an overview of Schlör’s work from 1986 to the present.