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Oliver Raschka

Germany

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I'm a photographer from Stuttgart, Germany. I studied economics and psychology, which helps me to capture social dynamics in my photography. I focus on the issue of family, and searching for my own identity. I love documentary photography in black-and-white, coffee is the drug of my choice, and loud rock music is what I like. My photographs have been widely published (e.g. German Photobook Award, Der Spiegel, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, F-Stop Magazine, Hamburger Eyes, Ain't Bad Magazine, C41 Magazine, German Photographic Academy, Schwarzweiss Magazin, Opus Fotopreis, Seltmann Fotopreis).

My main photographic work focuses on documenting the lifes of my children and family (in the broadest sense). I try to capture the everyday in a natural manner. No staging, no posing. Snapshots from real life in engaging black-and-white photographs: at home, while playing, after school, at sports, during shopping. A visual sociology of everyday life. As a silent observer, I feel the daily here and now of my children and family. Unlike my parents and grandparents, I want to record family life as unfiltered as possible in order to make it visible at all: no posing at the new car, no "setting up one after the other" until the "perfect" picture has been taken. When I flip through the family albums after decades, I sometimes get the feeling that it‘s not us children or the family who are the focus of the shots, but the great landscape abroad, the holiday beach or the castle in the background. In the Germany of the 1970s and 1980s it was sometimes more about „being able to show later“ what you have and where you were. I don‘t want that. I want my work to focus on my children, my family members and friends, with all their personality.

My approach is to capture the transitory in the contemporary, to find the extraordinary in the ordinary and thus to allow new perspectives on the known and finally to give subjective insights into family life that are universal at the same time.

In 2020 I published my first photobook THE WORLD AIN'T ENOUGH ... via BUMMBUMM BOOKS, Cologne (www.bummbummbooks.de). In this book I show the colourful and exciting first ten years of my sons in black and white. On 128 pages the viewer participates in the rapid developments of the first years of life of this boys. With great sensitivity and compassion I portray joy, anger, sadness and wild euphoria. After just a few pages, the viewer is right in the midst of it and conquers the world alongside with the kids. The book was very well received by the press so far: e.g. German Photobook Award 2021 (Bronze, November 2020), Budapest International Foto Awards 2020 Gold (Book), Der Spiegel, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger Magazin.

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