Peter Schlör – Black and Wide

2012 / 1st edition
Kehrer Verlag
20 x 24 cm, 120 pages
German, English, French
ISBN 978-3-86828-302-0 


In the early years I worked almost exclusively with very hard light. My favorite thing was to look into a landscape with the sun lying low. So it was about a sunlight that could hardly be controlled. It was not easy to find the right exposure in those years. But my understanding of light has changed. It all started in 2008 during a trip to the Canary Islands. On La Palma I went through a school of vision. I have learned to perceive light in all its nuances more and more. And only then did a light dawn on me in the truest sense of the word. I realized what an enormously differentiated light there is on the higher islands of the Canary Islands – where the clouds accumulate and the water condenses.

There is a constant coming and going of the clouds. A unique light show.


Hallmarked by profound compositional severity and a strong contrast between light and dark, Schlör’s pictures exude a tension-charged atmosphere between stillness and drama. The Canary Islands with their trade winds have been a favorite destination for several years. The Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, the early Impressionist William Turner, and the photographer Alfred Stieglitz all liked to look up into the sky and depict what they saw in the clouds. Following in this tradition, but with an intuitive gaze all his own, the photographer Peter Schlör captures from an elevated vantage point atmospheric impressions of the brittle beauty of the Canary Islands. These are scenes devoid of animal or human life, the photographer being fascinated instead by the dazzling light glancing off the dusky volcanic landscapes and the play of clouds over the pine forests so typical of this region.


La severità compositiva e il forte contrasto tra luce e buio, caratterizzano le immagini di Peter Schlör, che emanano un’atmosfera carica di tensione, tra quiete e pathos. Le Canarie, con i loro alisei, sono da anni una meta preferita dell’artista. Il pittore romantico Caspar David Friedrich, il primo impressionista William Turner e il fotografo Alfred Stieglitz guardavano il cielo, per poi rappresentare ciò che vedevano tra le nuvole. Nel solco di questa tradizione, ma con un proprio sguardo intuitivo, il fotografo Peter Schlör scatta da un punto di vista elevato, le impressioni atmosferiche della bellezza delle isole Canarie. Non vi sono presenze di vita animale o umana, il fotografo è attratto dalla luce dei paesaggi vulcanici e dai movimenti delle nuvole sulle pinete tipiche di questa regione.