PhotographerHans Georg Esch
Prize3rd Place in Book / Documentary
CompanyHGEsch Photography
City/CountryHennef, Germany
Photo Date2016
Entry Description

12/2016 100VIEWS - Book publication HVB-TOWER MUNICH BY HGESCH Since 1980, the HVB Tower by Walther and Bea Betz has been one of Munich's landmarks; since 2006 it has been declared a Historic Monument;  2013-16 it was restored and rebuilt by Henn Architekten. HG Esch, an architectural photographer for the largest offices worldwide, has accompanied this conversion with many cameras. One of these cameras has been installed permanently and has photographed the same picture section at regular intervals, 35000 times -  from which 100 views were selected. The fulminant sequence of these images records the effects of light and work on the building in a time loop; The changing light situations reflect like fireworks on a baroque façade. The photographic reproductions of the building works alternate between sunlight and fog, between twilight and nocturnal artificial light. The 100 images are published as a theme with variations in the form of a fan. Two spatial axes thus make the image sequence playfully perceptible. The series of these construction documentations is being continued.

About Photographer

Hans-Georg Esch, born on 1964 in Neuwied, Germany, completed a classic photographic training. Since 1989 he has been working as a freelance architectural photographer for national and international architectural offices. Today he ranks among the most renowned in his field. Alongside commissioned works, Esch has established a wholly unique oeuvre of free and independent works, in which he opens up his perspective on the entire city. Esch’s internationally exhibited works and published book series such as “Megacities”, “City and Structure” and “Cities Unknown” have become well-known, as they notably deal with the asian cultural imprint withing present-day Boomcities, Esch lives and works in Hennef/Stadt Blankenberg, Germany.