The work in hand is one of the seldom millions of endeavours approaching the authenticity topic.


In this standardized world, you might expect a coherent concept, of an almost hermetic nature, describing the work in hand. Sorry for bursting your bubble, but this text is about the bursting concept, or more precisely the original conceptual approach.

The first ambitious concept was defined to explore authenticity of individuals by considering associated aspects like identity, satisfaction, self-determination and its interdependencies in an experimental way. The original concept was based on the assumption that wearing masks in the sense of playing a role is unauthentic, while, on the other hand, there is something authentic behind. A participant of this series asserted in a conversation that: “…there aren’t masks. We are always authentic – in each situation.” That statement seemed interesting and disrupting for the original conceptual approach. Georg Büchner’s drama Danton’s death (1835) took the same line:

“tear off the mask and the skin comes away with it”

Interpretation approach: The mask and the face are identical; there is no face that is not in truth a mask, no identity that is not in truth an imposture. (All Theater is Revolutionary Theater, Benjamin Bennett)

Of course, there are many aspects in the context of authenticity and identity that could be further discussed on a philosophical level, however, the limited exploration in the course of the work in hand resulted in that unexpected outcome; by definition.

Aesthetical approach
Sterz No85

Sterz No85, Eckart Schuster special issue

Once I came across the photography Painter Of The Demonic showing a portrait of the painter Günter Waldorf – a photography by Eckhart Schuster published in the Sterz Magazine. The picture reminds on the dramatic light effects well known from Hitchcock films and Science Fiction films of the sixties. A similar strange lightning setup has been created for the series in hand. This special lightning atmosphere effects in a strong visual alienation of the subject; almost a visual inversion; The inversion superimposes seemingly on the original. Subjects wearing the light and shadows like masks.

Realisation concept

Originally the realisation concept was based on an interactive, provocative and ironic approach, combining photography, interviews and experimental involvement of the recipients. After bursting the original conceptual foundation the photographs remain to be published herein.

Associated work

In the beginning, when the idea for that photographic series rose – there was a trivial intention: Creating photographs of interesting personalities. This is what is realised with the series Individuals. This collection is the spin-off of this work, without superfluous conceptual overhead. Individuals is a portrait series about interesting personalities. That’s what it is.

The photographs of this series are published successively.

The photographs

Julia S.
Julia S., 2010

III-2Johann W., 2010III-3
Emeline D., 2010

Steven Williams portraitStephen W., 2010

Nana Pötsch portraitNana P., 2010Ronald Knapp portraitRonald K., 2010

Bernhard E., 2010

Gerhild Wran portraitGerhild W., 2010

Damien C., 2010

Maria Magdalena Formeier portraitMaria Magdalena F., 2010

Georg Eckrammer portraitGeorg E., 2010

Jessie Servenay portraitJessie S., 2010

Christian Müller portraitChristian M., 2010

Georg Petrovic portraitGeorg P., 2010

Katharina Scherke, portraitKatharina S., 2010

Josef Wagner portraitJosef W., 2010

Jakob Wegerer portraitJakob W., 2010

Angelika Weber portraitAngelika W., 2010

Hannes Robier portraitHannes R., 2010

Agueda Martinez portraitAgueda M., 2010

Günther Rauch portraitGünther R., 2010

Isabel Espinoza Trattner portraitCuqui, 2010

Christoph Steinbauer portraitChristoph S., 2010

Theresia K., 2010

Arnaud B., 2010

Daniel BergmayrDaniel B., 2010

Sabine Haring portraitSabine H., 2010

Andreas Goritschnig portraitAndreas G., 2010

Christian Wagner portraitSelfportrait, Christian W., 2010