A world of change – unique documents of time in black and white
A fascinating play of light and shadow, brightness and darkness, contrasts of black and white – Oliver Klink’s pictures will hold the viewer spellbound. The acclaimed and internationally awarded photographer travels around the world with his camera, always on the trail of the constant changes that surround us. Bhutan, China, India or Myanmar – everywhere he goes, he is confronted with transition. In his photobook »Cultures in Transition«, he invites the viewer to travel to distant countries and get an impression of foreign cultures – as long as they still exist.
Even as a young boy, Klink dreamt of becoming an explorer and for life to be an adventure. He wanted "to see how people lived on the other side of the earth." Klink's pictures are a manifestation of his dreams. They become representations of our past, present, and future. His photographs may be of exotic places and people, but that is not what they are about. Rather, they are about survival; they are about hope, they are about the Spirit, Heart, and Soul of us all.
People in portrait – captured through the camera’s lens
It may seem that life has not changed for many years or centuries, but that is only a superficial impression. The impact of globalization becomes tangible everywhere. Things are changing rapidly and dramatically. Oliver Klink points the lens of his camera to the fragility of human culture. After all, in a few years’ time all his images may have become a mere documentation of the past.
Klink did not settle for depicting the typical visual transitions, such as new electronic devices, modern transportation and western clothing. On his travels, he establishes a deep trust with his subjects, which allows him access to locations far away from mainstream tourism. His pictures capture the essence of people’s lives, their family, work and religion – and how all these changes left behind a lasting mark on it.
A special printing technology for a special book
The limited edition photobook with 60 black and white images that were taken over a period of 15 years was printed with Triton Offset print by LONGO in Bolzano. The extreme contrasts of black and white photography and the variety of nuances pose high demands on the printing technology. The Triton Offset procedure is specialized on extraordinarily wide tonal range and the finest nuances of grey. The use of special color pigmentations allows to achieve black and white printings of highest perfection. This way, Oliver Klink’s impressive portraits do not lose any of their intensity and fascination. »Cultures in Transition« becomes a unique document of time – personal, touching and spectacular in its modesty!