Kai-Olaf Hesse

Kai-Olaf HesseKai-Olaf Hesse (b. 1966) lives as a freelance photographer and book designer in Braunschweig since 2006.
Completed photographic apprenticeships in Hamburg, including freelance work for daily newspapers, news supplements, sport picture and picture agencies. Worked as a photo assistant before studying Communication Design at the University GHS Essen; subsequently received a Diploma at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst HGB in Leipzig with Professor Joachim Brohm. Worked at the Bauhaus, Dessau before spending several years abroad. Worked from 1998 to 2006 in Berlin. Has had numerous international exhibitions and publications and held various teaching positions. He is a member of the German Photographic Academy (DFA).
His most recent book, 'Topograpy of the Titantic' (2007) has been published by ex pose verlag and Belfast Exposed Photography. 

Projects (selected)

Through the means of an art-documentary visual language, the work engages within the area of 'social-historical landscape photography'.
City and topographical sited projects put an emphasis on questions, where the conceptualisations are visually represented by means of referential metaphors. These are often presented alongside the artefactual, including text modules and/or historical pictorial material and represented in book as well as exhibition formats.

2007          Twentysix Gasoline Stations (revisited)
since 2005   SeeStücke – Mare Balticum (work in progress)
2005          1945 – Letzte Schlachtfelder (work in progress)
2004          Periphery or What?, Ostrava, Czech Republik
2002/03    Topography of the Titanic, Belfast
2001          67/89 : Ortsbesichtigungen
2000–06    Depot_Bilder
1998–06    Bilder_in_Berlin
1995–98    65/66 – 24 views
1995–98    AfterImages from America
1995          An American Space: The National Mall (with E. McNeil)
1995          Dawn to Dusk Walk (with E. McNeil)
1994          Landing Zones: Social Landscapes of D–Day
                  (with T. Krüger und E. McNeil)
1992–95    Bauhaus Dessau – Industrielles Gartenreich
                  (with A. Boesten)
1992          Braer-Oilspill , Shetland-Isles (with A. Boesten)

Publications (selected)

2010         Ĉernā hvězda. Schwarzer Stern,
                 Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Nürnberg
2006         Topography of the Titanic, ex pose verlag, Berlin
2004         Within and Beyond the Wall, Toronto, Canada
2003/04    photosynkyria 2003 and 2004, Thessaloniki
2003         67/89, edition365, ex pose Verlag, Berlin
2000         65/66, edition365, ex pose Verlag, Berlin
2000         Berlin on the Move, Goethe Institut Singapore
2000         Die Welt als Ganzes, ifa/Hatje Cantz
1999         The Imperfect West
                 International Biennal Exhibition of Photography Torino
1998         photoFest 98, Houston
1997         Contemporary German Photography, Taschen
1996         Kunstpreis des Landkreis Gifhorn
1996         Bauhaus Dessau – Industrielles Gartenreich,
                 ex pose Verlag, Berlin (with A. Boesten)
1990         Polaroid Award Final Art 


Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Stuttgart/Berlin
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
Photographische Sammlung der Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin
Private Collections

Exhibitions in (selected)

Berlin, Dresden, Ostrava, Cobh, Toronto, Thessaloniki, Athens, Prague, Singapore, Manila, Seoul, Torino, Houston, Leipzig, Munich, Cologne, Krefeld, Dortmund, Herten, Bowling Green, Dessau, Essen, Braunschweig


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