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Dates:  1971 -
Born:  West Germany, Düsseldorf
Active:  Germany
German contemporary photographer who studied at the "Folkwangschule" (University GHS Essen, Germany) 
Artist statement: 
The Vanishing of the Images
My work is about photographic images that emerge from darkness and disappear partly into it again. The world in the images seems to be shrouded in permanently retreating darkness. In some cases the process will be pushed to the limit of visibility. But the vanishing of material recognition as its own character of announcement … is like the showing of it.
In other photographs the vanishing will be defined as a central theme by the content or the subject. Space and time can no longer be registered. This creates a field of tension between illusion of three-dimensionality and surface, between representational and abstraction, between documentary realism and fiction.
In some images the "fragments of reality" will be reduced to an almost complete vanishing of reality. How much must be shown to the observer in order to make a notion of reality visible.
I understand my work as plumbing the the limits of the medium photography. By that I understand an omission, a veiling, a covering, but not the complete elimination of material representation. The things which are just visible serve only to trigger off something that exists beyond reproduction but means the essential.
The process of reduction, of the taking away, of blocking out induces a process of decoding in which the observer is included. The images can thus only disclose themselves to the observer himself. They must be completed by the power of his imagination.
[Kindly provided by OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art - April 19, 2007]

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Biographical details
1971 Born in Düsseldorf, Germany
1990 "Abitur" in Düsseldorf, Germany
1990 – 91: Half–year of practical training in the printing works "Tiefdruck Schwann – Bagel" in Düsseldorf and Mönchengladbach, Germany
1991–1992: Compulsory community service
1992–1999: Photography studies at the "Folkwangschule"(University GHS Essen, Germany) During study period practical training at the "Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln", the photographer Wim Cox in Cologne and activities as assistant with various photographers in Germany
1999 Graduation with distinction (Prof. Inge Osswald and Prof. Peter Wippermann)
1999- Freelance artist and photographer
2001 Residence in Barcelona, Spain ("Villa Massimo" scholarship)
Solo exhibitions
2007 OMC Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2007 Stadtmuseum Schleswig, Schleswig, Germany
2007 Gallery Fruela, Madrid, Spain
2006 Gallery Maria Llanos, Caceres, Spain
2006 Kunstverein Rhein-Sieg-Kreis, Siegburg, Germany
2006 Stadtmuseum Münster, Münster, Germany
2006 Photogallery Heeder, Krefeld, Germany
2006 Gallery Paz y Comedias, Valencia, Spain
2006 Gallery Cubo Azul, León, Spain
2005 Gallery Bij de Boeken, Ulft, Netherlands
2005 Franz-Hitze-House, Münster, Germany
2005 Gallery Andrea Brenner, Düsseldorf, Germany
2005 Gallery Sicart, Barcelona, Spain
2004 Technical Museum of Slovakia, Kosice, Slovakia
2004 Gallery Böttger, Bonn, Germany
2003 Regionalmuseum Xanten, Xanten, Germany
2003 Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
1997 Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Group exhibitions
2007 Gallery Münsterland, Emsdetten, Germany
2007 OMC Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2007 Museum of Zons, Zons, Germany
2007 Art LA, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2007 DIVA, New York City, U.S.A.
2007 Arte BA, Buenos Aires, Argentina 2006 Art LA, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2006 DIVA, New York City, U.S.A.
2006 Rheindahlen Rooms, Mönchengladbach, Germany
2006 "FotoGrafia" – Intern. Festival of Rome, Rome, Italy
2006 InArt Girona, Girona, Spain
2006 Museum of Ratingen, Ratingen, Germany
2006 Flottmann – Halls, Herne, Germany
2006 Photo Miami, Miami, U.S.A.
2006 Photo BA, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2005 Photo LA, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
2005 Art Frankfurt, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
2005 Photography Museum, Burghausen, Germany
2005 Photo Espana, Madrid, Spain
2005 Photo - Summer Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
2005 White Cube, München, Germany
2005 Voies Off, Recontres d’Arles, Arles, France
2005 Artfair Cologne, Köln, Germany
2005 Arte Santander, Santander, Spain
2005 Arte Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
2005 Arte Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
2004 Studio ship/Photography Forum Intern., Frankfurt a.M., Germany
2004 Artfair „Huntenkunst“, Arnheim, Netherlands
2004 Culture Station Eller, Düsseldorf, Germany
2004 Industrial Museum Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
2004 Photofair Cologne – Intern. Photoscene, Köln, Germany
2003 Township Gallery, Lippstadt, Germany
2001 "Fotografien von Albert Renger–Patzsch bis Florian Beckers", formerly Reichsabtei, Aachen – Korneliemünster, Germany
2001 Niederrhein – Museum, Kevelaer, Germany
2000 Museum for Art and Trade, Hamburg, Germany
2000 Mobile exhibition of the society for Photography Berlin (in Wolfen, Berlin, Speyer, Edenkoben, Dresden, Braunschweig, Köln, Schwerin and Neuenmarkt, Germany)
1999–2007 "Large-scale exhition of NRW", Düsseldorf, Germany
2005 "Descubrimientos 2005", Photo Espana, Spain
2005 Final "Fringe Prize", Voices Off Festival, Arles, France
2004 Recognition "Marianne Brandt – Prize" in Chemnitz, Germany
2004 Selection - Title "German Photobook - Prize 2004" in Stuttgart, Germany
2004 Scholarship of the Foundation for art and culture NRW, Germany
2003 Nomination for the „Umbo – PhotoArtPrize“ in Lippstadt, Germany
2001 Main Prize "PhotoVision" from the publishing house "Photographie" in Düsseldorf, Germany
2001 "Staatspreis NRW" of the departure NRW, Germany
2001 "Villa Massimo – Prize" from the ministry of culture in NRW, Germany
2000 "Reinhart Wolf – Award" of the Reinhart Wolf - Foundation in Hamburg, Germany
2000 Main Prize of the Society for Photography in Berlin, Germany
1997 "Carl Lauterbach – Prize" of the Carl Lauterbach - Foundation in Düsseldorf, Germany
2003 Florian Beckers: Cathedral of Xanten – Secrets of a space with a text of Prof. Klaus Honnef (Boss – Publishing, Kleve, Germany; 2003)
2003 Florian Beckers – Photographs, Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Germany; with a text of Dr. Werner Alberg (Richter – Publishing, Düsseldorf, Germany; 2003)  
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