For several decades, Michael Ruetz has explored the nature of serial photography to an almost unprecedented extent – from the perfect conditions to the genre's particular qualities and strengths. Since the seventies, he has used the medium of photography to illustrate transience and change in his long-term project Eye on Time.
In over 600 locations throughout Germany, the photographer has documented structures and landscapes, capturing them throughout the passing of time with the most consistent photographic methods possible. The series Timescape 817, which features the expansive landscape of Germany's alpine foothills, forms a significant part of the project. To create the series, Ruetz repeatedly photographed one specific, precisely defined landscape section from 1989 to 2012, creating a total of 2720 images.
The results are now exhibited in the form of 60 large format prints in the Kaisersaal of Berlin's Museum for Photography. In addition, diaries, contact sheets, negatives and slides offer insight into the years of work invested into the project.
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