Matthias Koch presents his Dover Photographs at the ‘Wing’
As part of the CHALKUP21 project, The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust co-hosted with DAD a presentation of Matthias Koch’s Dover Photographs.
Matthias Koch is a former master student of the legendary Bernd Becher, professor in Dusseldorf, whose former master students have became known as the Becher School with amongst others: Andreas Gursky, Candida Hofer, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth and Axel Huette.
Back in October 2012, Matthias Koch spent 3 weeks in Dover, as part of Dover Arts Development’s War & Peace programme photographing Dover from the extended ladder of his 1975 Mercedes Fire Engine. In 2015 he returned as part of the DAD Dover Museums and Arts Group WW1 ‘Joined up’ project, this time to photograph with a drone. More on the ‘Joined Up’ project and Matthias Koch’s flights over Dover here
The Wing, inspired as it is by the Spitfire, is an appropriate venue for a presentation of Koch’s elevated photography. He showed his ‘Places of history’ series to introduce his technical methods in general, and present the images he made in and around Dover in 2012 and 2015.
Koch has expressed his intention to return to continue photographing the architectural changes to Dover’s town and port underway in this period of Dover’s History.