In his latest series, Andreas Herzau focuses on Angela Merkel in order to examine the relationship between politics and the public, and explore the representation of women in positions of power.
For several years, Andreas Herzau accompanied the German Chancellor and leader of the CDU party during public appearances and events. The resulting series illustrates the theatre and absurdities of political life, along with its realities – including the loneliness, power struggles and defeats that are part of a career in this field.
The series builds on our collective familiarity with one of the most photographed personalities on the political stage. Using excerpt-like framing and enigmatically encrypted imagery, the photographer deconstructs the rituals of public self-presentation, allowing unexpected details to speak for themselves. With his black and white photographs, Herzau sets a counterpoint to the existing flood of images depicting the German Chancellor, by seeking to visually do justice to one of the most influential political figures of our time.
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