Alfred Seiland

Alfred Seiland, MHNA, Exposition 10/10/2014 - 15/02/2015



One of my favourite photographers in Luxembourg.

MNHA presents the exhibition of Alfred Seiland, Imperium Romanum. Seiland (*1952, St. Michael, Austria) has photographed about fifty Roman sites around the Mediterranean and north of the Alps - from south Jordan to northern England and from Morocco to Romania. Unfortunately only few in Greece, fortunately Bech-Kleinmacher in Mosel Luxembourg. Most interesting though, Tadmor and the temple of Jupiter in Damascus, Syria.

The photographs of Seiland are not documentary. He searches the romantic charm of the monuments but he is mostly interested in how the modern society lives on antiquity. Time, reality and appearance complement each other. He works with an analog, large-format camera. His photographs are exceptionally sharp and emphasis is put on the subject with no unnecessary details. He prefers clarity to contrast, and white and unexciting skies to saturated colours.

Link to an interesting interview published in 2013 in the website of Hatje Cantz.