No other image medium, like photography, is predestined to capture “what is” in order to make visible how time changes everything.
Matthias Hoch (born 1958 in Radebeul, lives in Leipzig) can be considered a chronicler. His pictures reveal the structures of social spaces and thus clarify the relationship between people and their self-created surroundings.
When the Dresdner Bank skyscraper was inaugurated in Frankfurt am Main in 1978, it was considered the epitome of modernity with its silver aluminium facade and rounded corners. At that time it was the tallest building in Germany. Around 2,200 employees worked on the 32 floors. After the takeover by Commerzbank in 2009, the Dresdner Bank headquarters was no longer needed and the building was cleared.
Matthias Hoch's picture cycle develops a dramaturgy of the invisible in that the photographer speaks about what “is no longer”. The camera observes the traces of their use in the orphaned rooms. The pictures show a threshold situation. Indeed, it is the end of an era. The building has since been completely refurbished, the aura of its original state only exists today in the memory and in the expression of these images. Matthias Hoch lets the viewer participate in the revaluation of a vision in an exemplary way: Modernity becomes history.
Matthias Hoch. Silver Tower
Edited by Harald Kunde, Museum Kurhaus Kleve
Texts germ./engl.: Harald Kunde, Andreas Maier, Markus Weisbeck,
124 p., numerous illustrations