ANDREAS HERZAU #francke

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The Francke Foundations, a former Baroque school town founded by August Hermann Francke in the late seventeenth century, is still a vibrant educational cosmos. Today, the Foundations comprise museums and schools, work and leisure, young and old, the everyday and the exceptional – a broad mix of opposites which makes them so special. In these photographs, photojournalist Andreas Herzau focuses on these opposites, yet heightens our awareness of a crucial element – the people living and working here. Rather than concentrating on the impressive ensemble of heritage buildings, he is interested in and fascinated by the people moving though and in this setting. With an inimitable sense of place, Andreas Herzau’s photographs offer a remarkable insight into the everyday life of children, young people and students at school and university, and take the viewers on a journey from scenes of major events in the lives of families to the daily life of residents and visitors. Moments of leisure are juxtaposed with intense concentration and solemnity, tension is followed by calm serenity. The fascination of the Foundations lies just in this combination of the everyday and exceptional. Each photograph narrates its own story, calling on the viewer to read and interpret it. At the same time, each scene also evokes the centuries-old spirit of August Hermann Francke’s ideas and ideals which still resonate so prominently at this unique site – and it is precisely this perspective which lends the book its most remarkable quality.
The Francke Foundations, a former Baroque school town founded by August Hermann Francke in the late seventeenth century, is still a vibrant educational cosmos. Today, the Foundations comprise museums and schools, work and leisure, young and old, the everyday and the exceptional – a broad mix of opposites which makes them so special. In these photographs, photojournalist Andreas Herzau focuses on these opposites, yet heightens our awareness of a crucial element – the people living and working here. Rather than concentrating on the impressive ensemble of heritage buildings, he is interested in and fascinated by the people moving though and in this setting. With an inimitable sense of place, Andreas Herzau’s photographs offer a remarkable insight into the everyday life of children, young people and students at school and university, and take the viewers on a journey from scenes of major events in the lives of families to the daily life of residents and visitors. Moments of leisure are juxtaposed with intense concentration and solemnity, tension is followed by calm serenity. The fascination of the Foundations lies just in this combination of the everyday and exceptional. Each photograph narrates its own story, calling on the viewer to read and interpret it. At the same time, each scene also evokes the centuries-old spirit of August Hermann Francke’s ideas and ideals which still resonate so prominently at this unique site – and it is precisely this perspective which lends the book its most remarkable quality.MerkenMerkenMerkenMerkenMerken

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“Halle. This is where we live!”

Gruppenbild Workshop  Photo workshop with youngsters with and without a refugee or migration background who attend the August Hermann Francke Secondary School and the State Grammar School Latina, led by Andreas Herzau and assisted by Lukas Thiele.
With the help of with photographic means 14 pupils jointly explore and interpret their (new) living environment: the city of Halle, their school and the Francke Foundations. The photographic artist Andreas Herzau supervises them in a professional fashion.
The project offers young people the opportunity to experience their environment in a creative way, with a sharpened view, and to hereby position themselves. In addition, remaining language barriers can be overcome thanks to the medium of photography. In nonverbal manners they can communicate their views on and relation to their new home to others. A digital documentation in the form of a blog, a public closing ceremony and an exhibition of the results in the Historic Orphanage present families, friends, classmates and Halle citizens with the opportunity to gain insight into the project and to discover their own city with different eyes.

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ANDREAS HERZAU

Herzau_Glaescher_3451  In his work as a photographer, college lecturer and author, Andreas Herzau engages with photography on the artistic, theoretical and applied levels. As a committed photojournalist with an independent and often surprising visual language, his works expand the borders of classic photo-journalism, challenge visual habits and, not least, question (perceptual) social stereotypes. In Herzau’s intensive pictorial language, narrative and essayistic as well as analytic and abstract elements are fused to form intense visual narratives published in book projects, exhibitions, and the press. His work has won numerous prizes, including the European Press Award, and can be found in the collections of such prestigious institutions as the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) and the Gundlach Foundation. In addition to publishing his photographic works, he is also the author of essays and writings on photography. Andreas Herzau lives in Hamburg.

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Exhibition #francke

The Francke Foundations are showing Andreas Herzau’s photographs in the exhibition #francke from 20 March to 25 September 2016 on the exhibition floor of the Historic Orphanage.

The catalogue: An intruduction essay by Hortensia Völckers

#francke  Beech wood burns best. It takes three days to preheat the oven. Ideally, the oven should be 300 degrees Celsius to produce a strong crust. In theory, that crust keeps the wood-fired oven loaves fresh for a good two weeks – but only in theory. In practice, the bread is irresistible. It tastes best still warm from the oven, covered with thick layers of herb quark, and eaten directly from the tables set outside the bakery for the Lindenblütenfest (Linden Blossom Festival). On that day, thousands of visitors stream through the Francke Foundations – past the baroque façade of the Historic Orphanage and along the cobbled Schwarzer Weg street into the educational cosmos of the Francke Foundations. That cosmos comprises day care centres, primary and secondary schools, a grammar school, libraries, university departments, a children’s creative centre, a boarding school for music students, the Family Centre for Education and Health Issues, the collection in the Cabinet of Artefacts and Natural Curiosities, exhibition rooms, the refectory and – of course – the Historic Bakery.

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