30.5cm x 24cm
Softcover with shiny dust jacket
Published by Paper Affairs
The new monograph “zwei” by Berlin photographer Florian Hetz presents a broad cross section of his distinctive visual world. In “zwei” he is pairing more than 200 photos, shot on both sides of the Atlantic, and creates a dialogue between seemingly unrelated images and situations. Exciting and at the same time calm, Hetz’s photographs provide voyeuristic insights into the intimacy of his sitters. By taking close-ups of body parts and gestures, he shifts the focus to often unnoticed undertones and amplifies them. Florian Hetz effortlessly combines his formal Berlin studio work with the natural light photography from Los Angeles. The double page of the book provides a stage for the photos that encourages a playful conversation between bodies and landscapes, faces and objects.
“While some of the images that appear in this book might fit the classical definition of a portrait – showing the face and occasionally even the entire body of the sitter – portraiture in this conventional sense is a small percentage his work. If Hetz is engaged with any tradition of portraiture, it is a much more recent one. The proliferation of hookup apps has produced vernacular forms of sexual portraiture and self-portraiture with their own formal characteristics: the cock shot, the isolated torso, the hole pic. We have all grown accustomed to staging our bodies for photographic consumption, and in so doing, we participate in language not only of objectification, but of fragmentation. By nature, such imagery reduces the body to notable parts, not an integrated whole. Hetz engages with the visual language of this imagery, but pushes it to its extreme, offering bodies and body parts that have been squeezed, twisted, contorted, or stretched into shapes or forms that render them barely legible or entirely unrecognizable.” – Ryan Linkof