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Photograph - Kodaikanal, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Kodaikanal, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, India
    Stromberg, Gerhard, born 1952
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Kodaikanal, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, India

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    1992 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Stromberg, Gerhard, born 1952 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    c-type colour print

  • Museum number:

    E.492-1998

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The photograph by Gerhard Stromberg (born Ludwigshafen/Rhein, Germany, 1952) was chosen for the collection as it is exemplary of the Germanic strand of contemporary architectural photography. Stromberg studied under the photographer Bernhard Becher in Dusseldorf before moving to England in 1986.

Kodaikanal is a town in the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu state in south-eastern India. It is situated in the Palni Hills, at an elevation of 7,300 (2,225m) The town was created in 1845 by U.S. missionaries and British Civil Servants as a hill station to which administrative offices were located during the summer months. The immense detail of the photograph, with its' flattened perspective, emphasises the fusion of secular and religious buildings in India architecture.

Physical description

Large photograph of hill side in the Madurai District of India. The photograph overlooks buildings of both secular and religious design. The photograph contains minute details of the hillside which makes up almost half of the image, with the cloud filled sky taking up the remainder.

Place of Origin

India (made)

Date

1992 (made)

Artist/maker

Stromberg, Gerhard, born 1952 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

c-type colour print

Dimensions

Height: 89 cm print, Width: 113.3 cm Print

Object history note

The photograph was produced by Gerhard Stromberg. This photograph is number one of ten in the edition run.

Historical significance: The photograph by Gerhard Stromberg was chosen for the collection as it is exemplary of the Germanic strand of contemporary architectural photography. Stromberg studied under the photographer Bernhard Becher in Dusseldorf before moving to England in 1986.

Historical context note

This image exemplifies contemporary German architectural photography. The detail of the photograph with its' flattened perspective emphasises the fusion of secular and religious buildings in India architecture, which in turn creates a sense of an Indian cultural perspective.

Descriptive line

Stromberg, Gerhard. "Kodai Kanal, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, India. 1992". C-type colour print.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue: Silver and Syrup: Selections from the History of Photography exhibition

Labels and date

"D i a r y N o t e s
My need to make pictures must be like a plant's need to produce flowers;
but I also want the assiduousness of an accountant, and the trusting and
enquiring mind of a scientist.

Photography has the capacity to render everything with the same value.
Photography is undiscriminating because it is thoughtless. The ground glass
of my camera knows neither memories of the past, nor projections of the
future."

Gerhard Stromberg, 1992 / 1997 [1992/1997]
Gerhard Stomberg studied under the influential photographers Bernhard and Hilla Becher at the Düsseldorf Academy before moving to England in 1986. Stromberg utilizes grey skies and flattened perspective to create his personal and elegiac observation of landscape. Each finely observed detail is orchestrated within the frame like a musical composition. Here, an eclectic mixture of building types of various architectural styles share the hillside, offering visual clues to the location while making us question the sense of place. [2008-2009]

Materials

Photographic paper

Subjects depicted

Houses

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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