A Response to the ChalkUp21 Trail - Matthias Koch’s photography presentation at the Wing
The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust co-hosted with Dover Arts Development (DAD) a presentation of Matthias Koch’s Dover Photographs at the Wing.
Matthias Koch is a former master student of Bernd Becher, professor in Dusseldorf, whose former masterstudents have became known as the Becher School with amongst others : Andreas Gursky, Candida Hofer, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth and Axel Huette. Matthias went on to become the assistant of Bernd and Hilla Becher from 1991 – 1999.
Matthias Koch focuses on ‘Places of History’. He is interested in the overlapping of layers of time, his architectural-landscape overviews of places showing where history has happened and how they now look.
Back in October 2012, Matthias Koch spent 3 weeks in Dover, as part of Dover Arts Development’s War & Peace programme photographing Dover from the extended ladder of his 1975 Mercedes Fire Engine. In 2015 he returned as part of Dover Arts Developments Dover Museums and Arts Group WW1 ‘Joined up’ project, this time to photograph with a drone. More on the ‘Joined Up’ project and Matthias Koch’s flights over Dover here
The Wing, inspired as it is by the Spitfire, is an appropriate venue for a presentation of Koch’s elevated photography. He showed his ‘Places of history’ series, to introduce his technical methods in general, and present the images he made in and around Dover in 2012 and 2015.
Koch has expressed his intention to return to continue photographing the architectural changes to Dover’s town and port underway in this 21st century period of Dovers History.