PETER KEETMAN AND THE VISUAL DISPLACED IN STREET PHOTOGRAPHY





Peter Keetman was a German photographer, born in 1916 and died in 2005. He learned to photograph with and under the influence of his father, studied photography in Munich and was one of the founders of the group "fotoform", which had worldwide repercussions in the decade of 60. One of his best known works is a series of images he produced for a week in a Volkswagen factory. These images do not depict the day-to-day of workers, much less the spaces or equipment of the factory, but concentrate on the graphics and drawings created by the pieces and elements that were found in the company.

    But regardless of the experiences it produced at the Volkswagen factory, this symptom expands to all its production. The photographer also acted a lot in street photography and one of the experiments that he proposed was to use long exposure times to capture the movement of the city that was becoming more and more contemporary. From a wide exposure the shutter captured passersby in night scenes creating ghostly and distorted images enlarging and exploring the visual possibilities of photography



By pointing his lenses at urban spaces, Ketmman also looks for some symptoms of a displaced photograph in the architectural spaces, capturing not the urban space itself, but mainly his movements, drawings and graphs.


The images he produced on the street, as well as those produced in the factory, do not show a concern with the place or theme, the most relevant value in his compositions are the drawings given by a concise framework and by the visual games that establish the everyday objects . The reading of his images little allows to see or to recognize the object or its architectural aspect and documentary, but it creates a dynamism and a complex visual game, filling the space of forms and rethinking the visuality of the photographic object.

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