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The Photobook Show

“Trance” and Altered States of Mind

episode 7

Wed, Feb 15, 2023 at 1pm (ET)
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Are photographs living beings? Can looking at photographic images induce altered states of mind? Why would a book of landscape pictures be titled “Trance”? We will be asking these kinds of weird questions and will look at books that take a stab at addressing them with equally weird answers. Diana Michener’s majestic book Trance gave this episode its title, but we will also look at the books of Dutch photographer Awoiska van der Molen before we venture into a classic by Lewis Baltz to find out what all of this has to do with the films of Alfred Hitchcock.

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Stefan Frank

Stefan Frank is a photographer and writer, working from Heidelberg, Germany. Way before he came to photography, he studied mathematics and philosophy at Ruhr Universität Bochum and worked as an IT specialist. He studied at Atelier Smedsby with JH Engström and Margot Wallard in Paris in 2017, before he eventually began studying photography at Ostkreuzschule, Berlin, with Peter Bialobrzeski. He graduated in 2023 with the work Irgendwo (“Anywhere”), a project dealing with politically motivated crime and the terror-spree of the far right in Germany. He has been teaching with StrudelmediaLive since 2020, giving courses on surrealism, poetics of space, gestalt theory for photographers, and more. His work has been exhibited in Heidelberg, Frankfurt, and Berlin.

Stefan teaches the poetics of space, nighttime photography, and much more — including presenting The Photobook Show — for StrudelmediaLive.