Tichá and surroundings; Photographs 2009 - 2014
Tichá is a border village in southern Bohemia, just one wooded hillside away from where Helmut Steinecker lives in the Austrian village of Unterwald. Along what was once the Iron Curtain and is now referred to as the Green Belt, Steinecker encounters relics from almost half a century of a divided Europe. This secluded area appears to be settling in to a new identity somewhere between ruins and kitsch. As a former restricted zone that is now opening up, the village finds itself in an exceptional situation historically. This village and its 100 or so inhabitants is the focal point of Steinecker’s photography, a photography both objectively concentrated and emotionally affecting. The narrative text by Thomas Ballhausen, fragmented recollections of once ironclad threats, opens up a further dimension on the photographic essay.
Texts by Thomas Ballhausen, Helmut Steinecker
Language: german englisch czech
graphic design: Helene Traxler, Helmut Steinecker
2014, Hardcover with silk binding
24 x 27 cm, 112 pages
65 color plates
Series on Rural Distilling.
43 b&w plates
Unterwald; Photographs 2007 - 2010
Unterwald is a small village surrounded by forests on the border with the Czech Republic, a village marked by four decades of the Iron Curtain. In a process lasting three years the young Austrian photographer Helmut Steinecker returned as often as possible to his home town to compile a photographic essay about it. Steinecker intersperses his blend of socio-documentary and conceptual approaches with several topic areas such as the landscape, inhabitants, professions, leisure activities and architecture of the border town. His close personal ties with the inhabitants and the location allowed him to capture intimate moments and, at the same time, to factual and poetic representations in and around Unterwald. With restrained objectivity, insightful observations and subtle humour he invites viewers of his photographs to embark on a journey through the border town and to experience it for themselves. With an essay by the Austrian author Thomas Ballhausen.
Fotografien 2007 - 2010
Authors: Alexandra Ertelthalner, Thomas Ballhausen
Language: Deutsch / Englisch
Format: 23,5 x 30 cm
124 pages, 95 b&w plates, hardcover, edition: 700
© Helmut Steinecker 2018