Peter Oehlmann

Peter OehlmannPeter Oehlmann (b. 1953) lives and works as a freelance photographer  and lecturer in Berlin.

He completed his photographic apprenticeship while working as
an assistant to the factory-photographer at the Filmfabrik Wolfen (ORWO) and subsequently, studied photography at the
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst HGB in Leipzig with Evelyn Richter. Worked several years as a photojournalist. He was a co-founder of the photographer's collaborative 'ZeitOrt Bilddokumentation' (until 1999).
A core thematic of his project work is the documentation of the architectural and environmental transformation of urban and rural areas. He is also concerned with the discourse and related aspects surrounding the digitising of photography. Has held various teaching positions and is member of the German Photographic Academy (DFA).

Projects (selected)

2005–2009    Winterreise, Deutschlandbilder
2004–05        Ostrava, Periphery or what?
since 1996    Anhalt, Heimatforschungen (work in progress)
1993–95        Die Dritte Mitte/Hauptstadtwechsel,
                     the centre of Berlin before the transition into the capital
                     (with J. Hohmuth and P. Thieme)
 1993–94       Die Gartenstadt Leuna, photodocumentation for the
                     project 'Fotografie und Gedächtnis' (Photography and
1992–93       Saalelandschaften (with K. Wieckhorst and P. Thieme)
1991–92       Bruchzeit, attempt of a photographic approach to the
                    changes in der former GDR (with J. Richau und U. Wüst)
1989            Unsere Menschen,  Festivals and political mass-events
                    in the GDR
1988            Protokoll Strecken, images within the social life
                    (with J. Rötzsch)
1983–86       Arbeitsprozesse , (Working Procedures), projects in
                    industry and farming
1982            Graulandbilder , City and landscapes of the GDR

Publications (selected)

Ĉernā hvězda. Schwarzer Stern,
Verlag für Moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2010
Die andere Leipziger Schule/The Other Leipzig School,
Kerber Verlag Bielefeld, 2009
Fotografie und Gedächtnis. Eine Bilddokumentation (Band Sachsen-Anhalt)
BeBra Verlag Berlin, 1997; Manuscriptum, Waltrop und Leipzig 1999
VorOrt. Eine Sammlung topografischer Fotografien Ostdeutschlands
VNG Leipzig, 1997; Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit 2001
(see also "On Site East")
Sehtest. Material zur Geschichte einer Galerie, Berlin 1997
Fotografie. Leipziger Schule (Catalogue), Leipzig 1993
Niemandsland, Zeitschrift zwischen den Kulturen. 7/1988, Berlin 1988


Stiftung Moritzburg – Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt
Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen Cottbus
Die Neue Sammlung, Neues Museum in Nürnberg
VNG-ART – Sammlung der Verbundnetz Gas AG Leipzig
Private Sammlungen

Exhibitions in (selected)

Arles, Berlin, Bernburg, Brighton, Dessau, Dresden, Gera, Halle,
Karl-Marx-Stadt, Köln, Leipzig, London, München, Nyon, Ostrava, Paris, Rostock, Suhl


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