FASHION AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY WITH AN EMPHASIS ON ANALOG APPROACHES
Known for his surreal, dark and mystic portraits, Oliver Blohm was recently hailed as “one of the most interesting upcoming photography talents in Germany” by FLAIR Magazine
Working on the fine line between painting and photography, his experimental image making produces unique effects which challenge the borders of traditional analog processes. The unconventional approach he employs has carried his photographs from Iceland to India, the USA to Russia and earned him a place in Zitty Magazine, as one of Berlin‘s new artists to watch in 2016.
Oliver Blohm was born in 1987 in Schwerin, and grew up in a small village in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Surrounded by nature he developed a special connection with light – and the people around him. Even as a schoolboy he was drawn to photography; an interest through which he grew artistically from 2007 onwards during his studies in Wismar. It was here where he began to experiment in the darkroom with alternative techniques for developing his analogue film materials. This lead to various photo-media projects and publications, and finally his decision to move to Berlin in 2011 to explore new paths and put his theory into practice. Having access to more diverse subjects in the German capital, he could finally begin to search for new identities to create his characters. Taking light as one of his main sources of inspiration and as his most important tool at the same time, he uses the camera as an extension – inhaling the moments he creates and transforming them into works of unconventional beauty.
Fashion photography in which the garments merge hypnotically with the human form combined with portrait photography and mystic still lifes; showing as it were a dark soul – fuelled by desire, compulsion and yet with the innermost beauty and strength. His experiments serve as an invitation from undiscovered places. His photographs play with light – the carefully-placed shadows as integral as the blur and multiple exposures of the film itself.
Oliver Blohm recognises the camera as an extension of his own body; the perfect fusion between subject and object. Due to the long exposure time of the camera, standing there in the middle of the room, there‘s time for the moment to breathe. In this way, that time can be lent to the moment.
For the last four years, it has been Blohm‘s dedication to the art of large-format 8x10 and 20x24 photography that has earned him a name for himself in the photography sphere. Similar to his microwave manipulations, his innovative techniques using Impossible film materials have captured the interest of collaborators and clients from around the globe – even to the far reaches of the desert in Qatar. So far, his works have been featured in various publications from around the world and placed in exhibitions all over Europe as far away as to the MoMa New York, alongside artists such as Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, Rose-Lynn Fischer, Ellen von Unwerth, Allison Mosshart, and Jack White. Further milestones in his life as an artist took place during 2016 and 2017. He was given the opportunity to exhibit his brilliance in photography at the “Sturm & Drang” exhibition at ASUC (Ritter Butzke, Berlin) followed by showcasing his work at the POLAROI_ID at Bikini, in Berlin. Blohm was given a space of 700 square meters, for both exhibitions these exhibitions are considered as two of the largest instant photography exhibitions, so far!
Blohm is the camera operator for the last two remaining 20x24 Polaroid cameras since he took on the administration for the photography division of Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, in 2017.
Since September 2018, Blohm is co-founder and studio manager of the 20X24 STUDIO BERLIN.