Studio Ralph Baiker
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Born August 20, 1966 in Filderstadt Southern Germany. Early on, as a ten-year-old, Ralph started taking Photographs regulary. After his vocational training as a printer he studied photography in Dortmund at Prof.Heiner Wilharm, Prof.Gisela Scheidler, Prof.Gosbert Adler and Prof.Joachim Brohm.
A one year traineeship at Gaukler Studios (large car and truck studio) and many years as production manager with Jochen Manz and other photographers completed his training.
Since 2000, he has worked on his own photo assignments, and since 2003 he has had his own studio in Hamburg. He specializes in People, Landscape, Cityscape and narrative Still photography.
In his artistic work Ralph focuses on the city of São Paulo in Brazil, it´s images and signs. His artistic work has also stimulated his unqualified intention to be true to the original. Idea, briefing, and concept in all of his pictures. All formal decisions are guided by the idea and visual message of a commissioned picture. Ralph is usually not satisfied with a briefing and develops it further, which is also demonstrated by his list of awards. Ralphs wide visual horizont often takes inspirationfrom unexpected corners of the visual world and carries it into his daily work.
2 Cannes Gold Lions,
2 Gold Medals ADC Europe,
1 Grand Prix Liia Award,
in total more than 50 international Awards.
Arab Spring | 2012
SÃO PAULO FANTASIA LOCOMOTION
Running Flamingo, 2011
stopmotion loop, flashcard, flashplayer, LCD screen
ed. 1/2+ 1 a.p.
Mapping my mind
@ Mirko Mayer Gallery
Pan´s Cave | Greece 2009
Employing themes of classical and documentary travel photography, Baiker constructs new semiotic connections between historical and contemporary imagery. Cornerstones of Greek culture and history – politics, seafaring, architecture, sculpture and the theatre – become the parameters delineating the imagery of this project. The book’s title, Pans Cave, is both example and representation of this kind of interplay between myths and reality. Using photography in a precisely calculated, temporally and locally selective way, Baiker creates new contexts and insights.
Thomas Donga Durach
SORRY NEW YORK, THEY´RE ALL HERE
… São Paolo is a unique place for the perception of images. The city is full of images, they seem to be sentient beings propagating in geometrical progression – on huge, electronically illuminated panels, on outdoor advertising covering the walls of entire buildings, on TVs set up at every public location. In a way it seems as if the ever multiplying images and their phantasms alone hold together public space. São Paolo has in fact become such a unique place for the perception of images, because the city allows itself to be formed completely by images. The ruins of unstructured socio-urban development, its non-architecture, its non-places, which all promise paradise behind bars with surveillance cameras at the gate: they are symptoms of the same mimetic drive, the same desire to perpetuate images of power, fetishes of progress and the need to participate in modernity, no matter the cost. Images and fetishes, indeed, and not essentially organic ideas. Such ideas only belong here if they transformed into their own images. A city which consists of images necessarily needs to look like São Paolo. Perhaps some day all other cities will follow our lead.
GALERIA DO ROCK | SÃO PAULO
Galeria Do Rock | São Paulo 2003-2011
… There is a reason why
trend scouts are sent to São Paolo. In his photographic portraits of young visitors of the Brazilian shopping mall „Galeria do Rock“, Ralph Baiker shows us the eternally strange in fashion looks that always seem alike. The customers already know the fashion and life styles which are on sale here, offering a sense of belonging: punk, disco, pop, techno, gothic, industrial, afro, rock, reggae. Every one of the people portrayed is a „medium level star“. Every one becomes an original in his or her disguise. These are wonderful tales in which everyone can participate after his or her own fashion.
Like so much in life, Baiker‘s portraits are about symbols of belonging, about style and identity. They seem to ask the viewer, but where now do we belong to in our privileged consumers‘ world of change and return? Who am I, when there seems to be nothing old and nothing new?
For his case studies, photographer Ralph Baiker is drawn to the historical and renovated shopping mall with its 400 stores, tattoo-studios, hairdressing parlours right in the middle of the old heart of São Paolo - one of the so-called mega-metropolises in a country like Brazil, never tiring, but one of the emerging nations which can never get rid of the stigma of bankruptcy.
Baiker‘s theme are the people of the future, today‘s youth cultures – thus the very cultures which make everyone‘s heart beat faster. Wolfgang Tillmans discovers similar themes in the faces of the party crowd and within soft colour plays. Nan Goldin‘s photos tell about youth‘ unbreakable strength, which she discerns and saves even in their self-destruction. Ralph Baiker‘s portraits of young people and his pictures of the overlapping urban architecture are even more so about „misconceptions“ of alleged original ideas coming from the „first world“. But there are playful varieties and variations bursting with their own energy. … His photographic series bears testimony to the indescribable wealth of reality, which can but only be discovered when the blurred facets are recognised.
HELIPORTS & SWIMMINGPOOLS
HELIPORTS & SWIMMINGPOOLS
SÃO PAULO | BRASIL 2007
„Swimming-pools and Heliports“ from 2007 is an artwork concerned with a city‘s landmarks which are mostly invisible to its inhabitants. These landmarks are the blue areas of heliports and swimming-pools. As they are not visible in every-day life, they acquire a very specific symbolic meaning. Rich people who own helicopters can avoid the dangers of the street and the never-ending traffic jams and just fly. And as São Paolo is a city located in the subtropics, swimming-pools are built on top of the roofs of high-rise buildings which usually stand alone. The roofs are retreats for barbecues, for swimming and sun-bathing - invisible and thus safe and undisturbed. From the bird‘s eye view of the roof tops, the every-day images of begging and misery become indistinct, and even the unbearable stench of the two main canals hardly reaches up as far.
Motoboys | São Paulo 2007
Motoboys are among the lowest caste in Brazilian society. They are couriers for documents, money, pizza, or other goods, and they keep the city alive. Mostly they are teenage dare-devils fighting their way through the never-ending lines of cars. Every day two motoboys dies in traffic accidents on the streets of São Paolo. Motoboys are not very popular - during their reckless manoeuvres between the cars caught in traffic jams they often unintentionally break off side mirrors, scratch the paint of the car, or cause accidents.
Motoboys is a series of portraits.
Diskokugel | Artist Book 1995
Images of vaguely identifiable objects and switchboards, gathered into an oddly ironical collection of objects from which all things natural seem to be excluded. Items from the nursery, high-tech and household objects look like unknown and possibly virtual intruders. Industrially produced parts turn into subtile, aesthetically calculated shapes stripped of their original function, looking like archaeological discoveries from a future where the age of computers and technology has long passed.
1995 Lange|Frehrking | Pakt Verlag Bielefeld
1966*Bonlanden auf den Fildern
1981-93 Lehre als Drucker
1989-95 Studium der Fotografie an der FH-Dortmund bei Gisela Scheidler, Gosbert Adler, Joachim Brohm, Heiner Wilharm
Einzelausstellungen | solo shows
2010 "Pan's Cave", Galerie Mirko Mayer / m-projects
2007 Galerie Mirko Mayer , swimmingpools & heliports
2004 Galerie Mirko Mayer, Einzelpräsentation KunstKöln Messe
Showroom Raw Fitting, IDEAL BRASIL, Hamburg
2003 Galerie Mirko Mayer, Einzelausstellung
2002 Galerie Mirko Mayer, Einzelpräsentation KunstKöln Messe 2002
1995 Veröffentlichung der Arbeit "DISKOKUGEL" im Pakt-Verlag
Gruppenausstellungen | group shows
2009 "11", Mirko Mayer Galerie / m-projects, Cologne
1998 Peripherie, Darmstadt, kuratiert von Monique Behr.
Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, kuratiert von Thomas Seelig.
Videoarbeit "allet klaro, high end" mit Les Schliesser.
1996 Nederlands Fotoinstitut, Rotterdam, "pool shoogte"
1995 Young Urban Photographers Festival, Bielefeld
Arbeit "BEAUTY-GALAXY" mit Werner Amann, FH-Dortmund
1993 WINTERREISE, Fotografisches Museum Finland, Helsinki
FOCUS 93, Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte
1991 Diplo 91, Florenz (1)
1990 L.A. Galerie, Frankfurt am Main
Preis für junge Europäische Fotografen, Berlin, MartinGropius Bau
Sammlungen | collections
Sammlung Rolf Mayer | Stuttgart
Sammlung Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Tina Chandris Collection | London
Collection The Met Hotel | Thessaloniki
Sammlung Michael Kaune | Köln
Buchveröffentlichungen | books
1995 Diskokugel | Pakt Verlag Bielefeld
2010 Pan´s Cave | Schaden Köln