Wilhelm Schürmann - Karl Heinz Ollesch, Fussballbundesliga live im Radio
Karl Heinz Ollesch, Fussballbundesliga live im Radio
Vintage gelatin silver print. 17.9 x 23.5 cm (22.5 x 30 cm). Signed, dated and titled in pencil as well as photographer's stamp on the verso. - Print with light traces of usage..
Wilhelm Schürmann's work series produced between 1979 and 1981 of Steinhammer Straße in Dortmund's district of Marten (lots 584-588), the neighborhood in which he grew up and lived until the start of his studies in 1966, goes far beyond the personal examination of his own biography. With much humour and an unerring instinct for telling details, his portraits of the residents and their everyday surroundings created a captivating document of the Ruhr region, an area undergoing structural change at that time, where the euphoria of the German post-war economic miracle had given way to a certain disillusionment. “The result is an individual as well as universal complex pictorial cosmos of atmospherically dense and brilliantly rendered impressions, narratives and reports as well as an associatively invested photomontage full of zeitgeist and subtlety.” (Gabriele Conrath-Scholl, op.cit. p.192)
The photograph offered here of Mr and Mrs Ollesch and their home is from the estate of the portrayed. “Schurmann did not know all those he portrayed particularly well, but he had known Cläre and Karl Heinz Ollesch since childhood. At their house, he found home furnishings typical for the period and generation which he specifically registered together with “home altars” - arrangements of glass bowls, memorial pictures, porcelain, lace doilies and pot plants - from which, as it were, he set up a condensed inventory in all climatic fidelity.” (ibid., p.202).
In 2007, Wilhelm Schümann donated around 180 vintage prints and over 2000 negatives of his project Steinhammer Straße, Dortmund to the Photographic Collection of the Sparkassenstiftung, Cologne. Apart from these, only very few prints exist from this series; lot 588 is the only existing original print of this motif.
We would like to thank Wilhelm Schürmann, Herzogenrath, for his friendly assistance.
Estate of Klärchen and Karl Heinz Ollesch, Dortmund
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK-Stiftung Kultur, Köln (ed.), Wilhelm Schürmann. Wegweiser zum Glück. Bilder einer Strasse 1979-1981, Ostfildern 2012, ill. p. 45