PAUL MAURER   photographer


" My photography represents the succession of meetings of the moments in my life. It is the evidence of my life so far, and has been a way of life since I first picked up a camera when I was 13 years old. I haven’t stopped since. Seeing has become an additional sensory element to my entire being, whether or not I have a camera. Making a photograph is a moment of intense pleasure in the bringing together of all of the senses, regardless of subject.


Out of my passion for creating images has come a stubborn desire to keep challenging myself technically and visually. When I had my first exhibition of small black and white photographs of a garden, made with a 35mm camera, I was dissatisfied with the quality of the prints. I was sure it was the beginning of my work, not the end. Growing up in the country in Alsace provided me with the broad landscapes to which I was first drawn to photograph. After I came to Paris in 1974, I purchased larger format cameras and mastered the darkroom. Influenced by the work of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Lee Friedlander, I then viewed architecture, urban landscapes and people as potential subjects. It is my love of nature, beauty and form that has informed my choices of subjects over the years. Rather than starting with an idea, my point of departure for photographing a subject is visceral. It is only for the passion of the images themselves.

It appears that some of the subjects that I have photographed, such as the Grand National Theater of China, are static. But in fact, they are infused with the constant movement of the available light, my point of view, the position of the camera and the placement of my body. It is with deliberate care when I am inspired to stop and position my camera in order to interpret the world around me. It is with a constant sense of wonder that I work tirelessly and joyously. "

More works and biography can be seen here.

Paul Maurer