In five chapters, the photographer reflects on the multiple "correspondences", influences and interactions at the heart of his artistic work.
For thirty years, Heinz Peter Knes has developed a large body of work, focusing on photographic-documentary practice that seeks to engage image with society. "Correspondences," here refers to the sense of exchange, reference, influence, encounter and long-term collaborations. These are therefore the elements that play a significant part in artistic practice beyond the visible and finished work. Who initiated and participated in the artistic work, how and when? Heinz Peter Knes' private environment plays just as important a role in locating his own identity as do the cultural and social contexts that accompany it. Here, he explores the complex relationship between photographs and their source. The book tries to reveal the "correspondences," the influences that interact between them, and with other artistic forms too, to perceive the world, its source of inspiration intimately. We travel with him through the five chapters of this book, crossing paths with Josef Winkler, Hervé Guibert, Pasolini, Moyra Davey, Julie Ault, Jean-Luc Moulène, Danh Vo, Artaud and many others. This way is also creating a new language, a sort of echo, as sensitive experience, which in a way dematerialize our perceptions, but enable "to gather" them.
Heinz Peter Knes (born 1969 in Gemünden am Main, Germany, lives and works in Berlin) is a photographer. He studied photography on Fachhochschule Dortmund, from 1993 to 1999. His work has been published in several international magazines, including Camera Austria, Wire, 032c, Iann, Spex, Dutch, Readymade, Freier, i-D, Butt, or Purple. In 1998, he co-founded the photo fanzine Strahlung.Knes was first recognized through his work about adolescence: a series of photographs called "E.M.T. in MSP." He became known outside Germany through his collaboration with Butt. His contributions to the magazine have been gathered in the anthology Best of Butt, published by Taschen. Knes has exhibited in New York City, Oslo, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Mexico, Porto, or Lisbon. he also concentrated on a reflection about the photographic image within his work, by using video, collages, and text. He was involved in book projects about the Martin Wong—Collection, Julie Ault's art collection, and Hannah Arendt's Library.