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WERKDRUCK No. 36
My intent is to explore and document the physical and emotional changes that a child experiences in the process of becoming a woman. I am using a unique perspective that will offer access to a world that's is usually unseen. I believe a secure environment, when the body is not shielded with clothing, allow young women to become themselves. It is my believe that the definition of security is a place or moment when the subject is so completely at ease that one goes beyond the physical and begins to reveal their inner soul. My intention is not to violate the young women's privacy, but to allow the viewer into a world where adolescents are secure with their changing bodies. The subject is safe, secure and confident, a rare occurrence time of transition.
Behind The Content
My images show a different world than the viewer has usually seen. Girls are nude in the photographs and they are not afraid of it. They are completely comfortable with their bodies and mind; the observer may experience and feel their individual security. She see the emotions and the feelings that have been captured in the photograph. Every person in the image has a voice that is being heard visually. Adolescents and teenagers are being shown not as sexual objects but as works of art, they are my sisters, my friends, my loved ones, who have trusted me with the art of showing their inner beauty through my lenses and brushes.
I take pictures of my sisters is because I was given another chance of having siblings again and value my experience with them. My birth family had a lot of family members and I always surrounded by my cousins and my brother. When I came to the orphanage, it had six unit families and each unit family had about sixteen children. My entire life was filled with people that were close to me. After my brothers death I was adopted to another family where I had another opportunity to have siblings again. I gained three younger sisters and they give me inspiration every day.
Chief Editor and special advisor for VEVAIS-WERKDRUCK (photography) is the renowned photographer Jock Sturges.
Project editors include acclaimed poet and photo historian, Prof. John Wood, poet and photography critic, Steven Brown, and Alexander Scholz.
VEVAIS-WERKDRUCK books consist of twenty images which highlight astonishing work from both new and renowned painters, photographers, and graphic designers. Each hardcover book (approx. 30 x 43 cm) is bound by hand with Japanese binding, signed and numbered by the artist, and published in an edition of 300 copies.
Because of the sophisticated printing methods involved, each print is unique, an original. Scholz uses the world's best reproduction/photographic printing techniques. Digital files undergo traditional darkroom chemistries and develop on paper with red, green, and blue light (C-Prints). Some will be printed as pigment print or as UV print. Black and White pictures will be also presented on Baryta paper. Before binding, in some books the prints are mounted fully on special boards. For pigment prints, Scholz works with Hahnemühle paper and for UV-prints (digital screen printing), Scheufelen paper. Some books will be printed with a special digital color technology on Munken, a Swedish paper.
Scholz works with the printers Ralf Lenk / Scancolor and Max van Pham / Fine Art Factory—dedicated artisans who always find innovate ways to produce perfect pictures. Given the unparalleled production and specialization involved, Edition GALERIE VEVAIS guarantees the quality of these prints for up to 100 years.
For collectors of this stunning series WERKDRUCK, edition GALERIE VEVAIS offers an exclusive display of acrylic glass which doubles as a minimalistic sculpture for private living rooms, galleries, and libraries. The basic model for this acrylic stand holds four VEVAIS-Werdruck books. But for those who need more space, the basic model can be extended in two ways. By standing the sculpture in one line or by facing the corners inward, you can add four more books to your collection for a total of eight. The second model can be extended to a more dimensional sculpture of unlimited capacity.
The first thirty copies will sell for approx. 560 Euros, after which the price will increase.