However, there are many more facets to the work of Ulrich Mack. His sensitive observation of landscapes was most recently illustrated in the outstanding photo-book Stille-Weite-Ferne-Nähe. He is an ambitious portrait photographer of artists, politicians and celebrities – and yet he has also created a timeless tribute to the inhabitants of Pellworm and Harkers Island in his long-term projects. In addition, he embraced experiments with instant photography and large-format cameras. It was this great diversity (which further includes his years as a lecturer at Dortmund University) that made it impossible for Ulrich Mack to remain a ‘best-kept secret’ of German photography history.
The comprehensive exhibition at the Leica Gallery Frankfurt is a profound illustration of the different aspects of the photographer’s thematically and stylistically multi-faceted work. Without a doubt, MACK is a world unto himself. Time and again he has reinvented himself, driven by curiosity, openness and empathy, combined with technical perfection and a unique artistic approach. Ulrich Rüter
The retrospective was conceptualised by Ulrich Mack together with Hans-Michael Koetzle. Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to purchase signed copies of the book publications Ruhrgebiet (2009), Kennedy in Berlin (2013), Stille – Weite – Ferne – Nähe (2014) and Mack. Reporter (2015).