Olaf Otto Becker
B. Germany, 1959
B. Germany 1959
Olaf Otto Becker’s first project, Under the Nordic Light (2005) documented the dramatic landscape of Iceland. His subsequent project Broken Line (2003-2006), explored the effects of global warming on the coastal landscape of Greenland and the glaciers that form there. The project took him on a 4000km journey along the west coast of Greenland alone in a rubber zodiac raft, documenting the landscape with a large format camera. The artist claims, ‘I was interested in a wild, unspoiled landscape. I was interested in a place where the landscape developed on its own.’ In this series, Becker surveys the relationship between the fragile arctic landscapes and the people who live and work there, presenting the immense architectural-like summits of the western coast of Greenland. Similarly, his following project, Reading the Landscape continues his exploration of environmental concerns focused on ravaged rainforests and the effects of deforestation, this time over a range of Asiatic geographies – Malaysia, Borneo and Singapore.
Olaf Otto Becker was born in Lübeck-Travemünde, Germany in 1959. Becker is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine. His first publication Under the Nordic Light (2005) was nominated for the Rencontres D’Arles Book award. He has been nominated twice for the Prix Pictet award in both 2008 and 2012. His work has been exhibited internationally in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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