Contact Sheet 144: Angelika Rinnhofer
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Light Work (November 5, 2007)
This catalogue features the work of German photographer Angelika Rinnhofer. It showcases her images from three related series, Menschenkunde, Felsenfest, and Seelensucht. She describes her series Menschenkunde as portraits that combine facts, beauty, and irony in a Renaissance-style. Rinnhofer’s series, Felsenfest, continues the same aesthetics in its re-interpretations of martyrs and saints into a modern context. Rinnhofer remembers being frightened as a child when viewing the horrific images of tortured saints commonly found in churches in her hometown Nuremberg, Germany. She now casts a critical eye, juxtaposing religious figures with modern-looking scientists. Seelensucht takes Rinnhofer back to the traditional single-figure portrait, also capturing the themes of martyrs.
This catalogue features an introduction essay by Hannah Frieser.
Angelika Rinnhofer was trained as a commercial photographer in Germany, in art school and through a professional apprenticeship with Bischof & Broehl. She now spends the majority of her time teaching at The Harvey School in Katonah, NY and working on her art photography.
Rinnhofer is the recipient of a Kodak European Gold Award, funding from the New York State Foundation for the Arts, and a fellowship from the Dutchess County Arts Council. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at the Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles and Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami. Her photographs are included in collections at Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY, at Light Work, and the private collection of Joseph T. Baio, Esq. She participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in 2005.