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Any Answers: Arwed Messmer

In RAF – No Evidence, shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, Arwed Messmer examines the rise of the Baader-Meinhof Group, from student protests to the cataclysmic events of the ‘German Autumn’ of 1977, using state archives as his source material. Employing a similar methodology, previous works have focused on police surveillance (Berlin, 1966-70), a famous kidnap (Cell), and failed escapes from the GDR (Reenactment MfS) – all exploring recent events to “create new ways of reading images” as historical documents. In this Any Answers, originally published in issue #7882 of British Journal of Photography magazine, Messmer considers his practice in context of his country’s history – I was an avid teenage trainspotter. I needed photography to ‘collect’ and document all the locomotives. My entry point was very functional at first, and it was only later that I developed an artistic interest in the medium. But I was producing the same kind of images that I focus on today. Without that intensive period, I’d probably have a different focus. Travelling through East and West …


Issue #7882: Street View

From the bustling cities in the work of Eamonn Doyle and Guy Tillim, to Mark Power’s survey of decaying American landscapes, and a collaboration between Clémentine Schneidermann, Charlotte James, and a group of children in South Wales – this month’s issue is dedicated to the idea of the street as a site of theatre and historical spectacle.


BJP Staff