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Norbert Schoerner: Third Life

"Third Life" is the new monograph by the photographer's photographer, Norbert Schoerner. Assembled as a cinematic narrative, this book collects new and previously unseen work produced over the last seven years. In equal measures a photographic diary and a sequence of remarkable tableaux, "Third Life" traces Schoerner's journeys across the globe. Through the juxtaposition of carefully chosen urban and rural landscapes with images from his photographic sketchbooks, Schoerner explores representation in the context of mass availability and re-purposing of digital images in the www environment.
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When he's not in demand for fast-paced fashion photography, Norbert has a knack of capturing those blink and it's gone, sunset moments where the light is right and the colours are wrong, in the best possible way. It is these images, until now unpublished, that are chronicled in Third Life, a cinematic narrative collecting together the unplanned snaps from Norbert's photographic diary of the past seven years. Documenting his travels across the world, Third Life explores the submergence of nature in today's digi-era of mass culture.--Felicity Kinsella "i-D " The photographer Norbert Schoerner hails from Munich, but has spent most of his life developing his career elsewhere. Primarily based in London, Schoerner has shot for both magazines (including T, The Face and AnOther) and prestigious fashion campaigns (Comme des Garcons and Prada). He has also managed to collaborate on a few books here and there. Now, he's come out with his second monograph titled "Third Life," a hardcover photo diary featuring peculiar and personal moments from his travels, with a slight bent on picking up juxtapositions between natural settings (deserts, oceans and lush forests) and completely artificial ones (mannequins outfitted in metallic Lycra, a severed plastic ear on a lawn). It's a commentary on what Schoerner calls "living in a digital stone age."--Yuri Chong "T: The New York Times Style Magazine " Photographer Norbert Shoerner speaks of Japan as a place where a different standard for artifice applies. He could, at the same time, be referring to his own view of the world as seen throught the photographs of his new book Third Life. Accumulated over the past eight years, the images roughly divide into unashamedly digital snaps and technical large format analogue observations. Juxtapositions of images in the book induce a strange malaise as do interventions of imageless white pages. Mistakes and accidents are championed and corrupted digital files produce a sort of optical-static printed adjacent to healthy image counterparts. Reality and projected reality are inseperable.--Emma Reeves "Another Magazine "

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