Berlin-based photographer Jens Koch’s art is rather daring. His photos are coincidentally cheeky, charming and empathic. Spectators often award them for their affecting and liberating qualities, which cause amazement and reflection. By looking at Koch’s portrayed characters, people frequently imagine observing themselves. In Jens Koch’s view, his photos are contemporaries, “Weltanschauung”, pop, spectacle, jungles of light. They’re always on the move, swinging with a vengeance. They seldom feed on silence, but always on astonishment. Starting at the young age of 15, Koch describes himself as a „collector of characters“. This aptly, but narrowly articulated self-understanding is due to his modesty. To him the centrepieces of his work and life are types and personalities. His photos form a diary of his relations to the people whom he’s giving something. Without demanding something from them. He’s constantly breaking up the distance between his camera and the portrayed. Jens Koch is capable of educing character within minutes. That’s his art.
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