Wait for Walk
by Florian Böhm
“In the photographs of Wait for Walk, the people shown are not presented as anonymous mass decoration but are discernibly individual, permanently rescued from facelessness and historical oblivion. We recognize a differentiated spectrum of city dwellers of all ages and ethnic identities. But who are these people, where do they come from, and where are they bound? One is tempted to raise these existential questions, like Gauguin in his famous picture Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” Extract from the catalogue Wait for Walk “On the Physiology of the Street, or: The Drama of Urban Life” by Dr. Ulrich Pohlmann The intention of the “unobserved” moment partly lies within the American tradition of street photography of artists like Helen Levitt, Sid Grossman, Lisette Model or William Klein to name but a few, and extend into the contemporary images like Thomas Struth’s Museum pictures. Concurrently Böhm’s works, interestingly, also are close to the staged and calculated tradition in photography of artists like Jeff Wall or Phillip Lorca diCorcia. It is perhaps this combination that makes the work so arresting to the viewer: The accidental grouping of people withthe aesthetic of a stage-like production – perhaps a modern inversion of the baroque Dutch principle of the group portrait.