In the era of Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Pininterest and whatever the hell else there is out there, it seems that everybody taking snapshots would think themselves a photographer just by virtue of being able to point and shoot. But if you take a step back and look at the whole picture (!), you will see there is a big difference between the photo-hobbyists and the real photographers, whose passion it is to capture and document the world around them, one frame at a time.
Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek is most certainly a part of the latter group. Born in Tyrol, he made it a point not to stay there long before he headed out and began to experience the rest of this globalized, commercialized, monetized world through his camera. The man coupled with his instrument make easy work of stripping the cheap, gaudy veneer of things and getting right down to what it’s about: people and their stories. Starting March 6th, 2012 you can take a closer look at his latest work: it’s called Wintercamper, and shows the other side of upper-class winter resorts like St. Moritz – photographing the people who don’t make it into the brochures staying at fancy hotels and sipping champagne. If you want hot-tub-in-the-snow pictures, an online image search will give you more than your fair share – but if you want to see something real, Wintercamper is your best bet.
And, while you’re at it, you should also check out his fantastic cover for Schönbrunner Perlen!
Wintercamper – A solo exhibition of Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek
Edition Photo, Gonzagasse 20, 1010 Vienna
Starting March 6th 2012