Horst & Daniel Zielske - Pictures, Art, Photography

Horst & Daniel Zielske

  Hamburg, Speicherstadt II by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Hamburg, Speicherstadt II
Cityscapes
$ 4,390
  Urban Nights VII by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Urban Nights VII
Cityscapes
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  Urban Nights V by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Urban Nights V
Cityscapes
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  Notre-Dame de Paris by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Notre-Dame de Paris
Cityscapes
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  Urban Nights IV by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Urban Nights IV
Cityscapes
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  Urban Nights I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Urban Nights I
Cityscapes
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  Cologne I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Cologne I
Cityscapes
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  Hamburg, Speicherstadt I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Hamburg, Speicherstadt I
Cityscapes
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  Urban Nights VI by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Urban Nights VI
Cityscapes
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  Hamburg, Terminal Burchardkai by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Hamburg, Terminal Burchardkai
Cityscapes
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  Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
Cityscapes
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  Wiener Staatsoper by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Wiener Staatsoper
Cityscapes
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  Donaukanal Wien by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Donaukanal Wien
Cityscapes
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  Wien by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Wien
Cityscapes
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  Zürich by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Zürich
Cityscapes
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  Quaibrücke by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Quaibrücke
Cityscapes
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  Marienplatz, München by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Marienplatz, München
Cityscapes
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  Gargoyles, Notre-Dame de Paris by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Gargoyles, Notre-Dame de Paris
Cityscapes
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  Rue de Buenos Aires by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Rue de Buenos Aires
Cityscapes
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  Pont Neuf by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Pont Neuf
Cityscapes
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  Speicherstadt III  by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Speicherstadt III
Cityscapes
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  Speicherstadt IV by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Speicherstadt IV
Cityscapes
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  Cologne II by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Cologne II
Cityscapes
$ 1,299
  East River II by Horst & Daniel Zielske
East River II
New York
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  Corner of Orchard Street and Broome Street by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Corner of Orchard Street and Broome Street
New York
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  Brooklyn Bridge I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Brooklyn Bridge I
New York
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  East River III by Horst & Daniel Zielske
East River III
New York
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  Bronx I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Bronx I
New York
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  42nd Street by Horst & Daniel Zielske
42nd Street
New York
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  New Yorker I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
New Yorker I
New York
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  Roosevelt Island by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Roosevelt Island
New York
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  5 Pointz by Horst & Daniel Zielske
5 Pointz
New York
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  Cortlandt Alley by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Cortlandt Alley
New York
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  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York
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  Margate by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Margate
Coastline
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  Eastbourne by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Eastbourne
Coastline
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  Venice I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Venice I
Modern Turner
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  Rome III by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Rome III
Modern Turner
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  Jurassic Coast by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Jurassic Coast
Modern Turner
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  Blenheim by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Blenheim
Modern Turner
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  Prior Park by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Prior Park
Modern Turner
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  Stourhead II by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Stourhead II
Modern Turner
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  Nanjing Donglu III by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Nanjing Donglu III
Megalopolis
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  Nanpu Bridge by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Nanpu Bridge
Megalopolis
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  Elevated Expressway Dagu Lu/Chengdu Lu by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Elevated Expressway Dagu Lu/Chengdu Lu
Megalopolis
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  Elevated Expressway Yan'an Donglu by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Elevated Expressway Yan'an Donglu
Megalopolis
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  Pudong III by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Pudong III
Megalopolis
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  The variety of life by Horst & Daniel Zielske
The variety of life
Berlin Project
$ 15,490
  Potsdamer Platz III by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Potsdamer Platz III
Berlin Project
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  Glienicker Brücke by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Glienicker Brücke
Berlin Project
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  Brandenburger Tor by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Brandenburger Tor
Berlin Project
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  Museum für Naturkunde by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Museum für Naturkunde
Berlin Project
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  The variety of life by Horst & Daniel Zielske
The variety of life
Berlin Project
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  Elbsandsteingebirge I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Elbsandsteingebirge I
German Symphony
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  Rügen II by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Rügen II
German Symphony
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  Rügen IV, Hommage to CDF by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Rügen IV, Hommage to CDF
German Symphony
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  St Pauls Tobacco by Horst & Daniel Zielske
St Pauls Tobacco
London
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  Coaches, Great Windmill Street, Soho by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Coaches, Great Windmill Street, Soho
London
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  Westminster by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Westminster
London
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  ARTIST BOOK - Magical Realism by Horst & Daniel Zielske
ARTIST BOOK - Magical Realism
Artist's book
$ 39
  Dark Hedges by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Dark Hedges
Ireland
$ 699
  Santa Maria del Fiore, Florenz by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Santa Maria del Fiore, Florenz
Italy
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  Val d'Orcia I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Val d'Orcia I
Italy
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  Ponte Vecchio, Florenz by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Ponte Vecchio, Florenz
Italy
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  Stadtbad Prenzlauer Berg by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Stadtbad Prenzlauer Berg
Bathhouses
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  Stadtbad Neukölln by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Stadtbad Neukölln
Bathhouses
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  Stadtbad Charlottenburg by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Stadtbad Charlottenburg
Bathhouses
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  Bauhaus II by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Bauhaus II
Bauhaus
$ 999
  Bauhaus by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Bauhaus
Bauhaus
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  Ponte di Rialto by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Ponte di Rialto
Venice
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  Bacino di San Marco by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Bacino di San Marco
Venice
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  Canal Grande dal ponte dell`Accademia by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Canal Grande dal ponte dell`Accademia
Venice
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  Basilica di San Marco e Palazzo Ducale by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Basilica di San Marco e Palazzo Ducale
Venice
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  Canal Grande dal ponte di Rialto by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Canal Grande dal ponte di Rialto
Venice
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  Cologne II by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Cologne II
Minis
$ 159
  Urban Nights VII by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Urban Nights VII
Minis
$ 159

Background Information about Horst & Daniel Zielske

Introduction

ABOUT THE WORK

New York

The city that never sleeps? Horst & Daniel Zielske show that’s hardly the case, reinventing the Big Apple as a backdrop devoid of people that could be classified somewhere between nostalgia and futurism. In their brilliant series, the city on the Hudson shines in a new, almost unreal light.

The photo artists set out to take “the best pictures of New York”. And indeed, the dawn, the thick rain clouds, fog, and storms in the Zielske photos are breathtakingly beautiful. In twilight, the empty streets and bridges appear like film sets. Streetlamps, traffic lights, lighted billboards and spotlights on buildings create accents in the nearly monochrome compositions: red tones under an elevated subway on a street corner in the Bronx, ochre hues throughout Chelsea.

Modern Turner

William Turner is considered one of the Romanticist forefathers of Impressionism. Horst & Daniel Zielske took it upon themselves to bring him into modern times using modern technology. The result is a thrilling homage to the British landscape painter.

As one of England’s most significant artists, Turner let behind an extensive body of work. He traveled a lot, always in search of new subjects. Starting in 2008, the Zielskes retraced his steps through eight countries including France, Italy, and Switzerland. They took photographs of all the locations that inspired Turner paintings over 150 years ago. The point of view and perspective are not always identical, but all of the pictures do clearly demonstrate a fascination for nature. In their view of the world, the painter and the photographers appear to be closely connected.

German Symphony and Coastline

The coast of Rügen, the largest island in Germany, appears completely lost in reverie. The boulders jut out of the fog in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. And the North Sea beach appears out of this world. Horst and Daniel Zielske know how to turn real-life subjects into very special art.

The German Symphony and Coastline series contain landscapes of a very special caliber. Between today and tomorrow, in the twilight at sunset, the father and son team find something mysterious for their photos. They are magical moments we would have missed if the Zielskes had not been there to capture them.

Megalopolis

Shanghai was not always a megacity. The commercial metropolis dates back over fifteen hundred years, which is reflected in the architecture. Horst and Daniel Zielske took a much closer look at the City of the Future. What they discovered was an almost artificial space between fiction and reality.

Exaggerated dimensions dominate the cityscape. Bridges snake through the streets like fantasy backdrops, making the houses reminiscent of models. Kitsch and commerce force tradition and culture to the outskirts. There are only a few corners where the city’s old charm can still be seen. A thrilling portrait of the city that sparks a desire to visit the Chinese city of superlatives.

London


When the morning fog spreads out over London, you feel like you’re in one of the classics by Durbridge, Dickens, or Doyle. Horst and Daniel Zielske view the British metropolis as a city full of stories. A backdrop for gripping crime novels. The photographers present the city in a very special light at daybreak.

There appear to be thrilling secrets hidden behind the illuminated facades. “River Thames III” radiates a calm that seems full of tensions. On the other hand, the deserted “St Pauls Tobacco” appears almost romantic. Horst and Daniel Zielske succeed in portraying modern London between old traditions and absolute progress, between historical landmarks and spectacularly futuristic architecture.

Bauhaus

To this day, Bauhaus remains a major influence on modern architecture and aesthetics. In honor of the art institution’s 100-year anniversary, LUMAS presents new photographs by Horst & Daniel Zielske. These works celebrate the straight-lined design of the Bauhaus in Dessau. As viewers, we are struck by the cubist forms and clean lines as presented in the Zielskes’ beautifully composed artworks. They show us exactly why this architectural masterpiece has gone into the art history books.

The Variety of Life


A special format is needed to adequately showcase the splendid diversity of nature. Daniel Zielske found the right size and once again surprised his audience: His work The Variety of Life, at 180cm x 550cm, is the largest Edition in the history of LUMAS photography and an absolute highlight of his long career as an artist. With incomparable precision, he captured the "Biodiversity" display case in the Berlin Museum of Natural History, creating an awe-inspiring testimony to nature.

Marveled at the sheer size of the work, the viewer is at once enthralled, and the superb museum quality and dazzling details only enrich its beauty. Reptiles, fish, corals, wild cats, birds of all kinds are lined alongside one another and give the viewer a vivid impression of the diversity of species that makes our earth so versatile and so fascinating. Thanks to Zielske, we can view the beauty and richness of nature in a way never seen before, with the necessary dimensions to strike us and connect us with our environment.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

While some father-son relationships might feel more like a sporting competition, Horst and Daniel Zielske work together as photographers in perfect harmony. There’s no hierarchy, no testing of boundaries, no power struggle. Just mutual respect. They have been working together this way since 1993.

Horst Zielske was born in 1946 in Fehmarn, Germany was working as an architectural photographer when his son Daniel came into the world in Göttingen in 1972. Daniel was only a child when he began accompanying his father on assignments. He ended a photography apprenticeship in 1993 in order to work together with his father on a photo book for the first time. Since then, they have only worked as an established team. Over more than twenty years, the Zielskes have been the centre of much attention, largely due to their photo books about Shanghai, Berln, Qatar, and New York. They both live in Göttingen, Germany.

Together, we are one eye.
Daniel Zielske

TECHNIQUE

Father and Son Seeing Eye to Eye

Together, Horst and Daniel Zielske walk through the city they want to depict. As an established father-son team, they quickly agree on which subjects arouse their interest. Naturally, they don’t always have the exact same opinion. After all, they are different people from two different generations.

Regardless, they work together creatively. On equal footing, Horst and Daniel Zielske discuss aesthetics questions: should they shoot during the day or at night, how long should the exposure be, or where exactly should they put the tripod? Although the photos demonstrate an impressive lightness, they are actually the product of perfect preparation. Angle, image size, and exposure length are planned exactly in advance.

Taking Photographs When No One’s Around

Both photographers love inclement weather. Thick fog, rain, and clouds give their picture a particular allure. Using long exposures of up to 20 minutes, the images seem almost surreal. The photographers’ favourite time to work is in the morning during the blue hour.

A special atmosphere reigns shortly before the sun comes up. Those who successfully capture it have no need to edit their images. That’s why the Zielskes only use Photoshop for minor colour temperature adjustments or to remove dust particles.

Bio

1946Birth of Horst Zielske in Fehmarn, Germany
1972Birth of son Daniel Zielske in Göttingen, Germany
1993A father and son photography team with an emphasis on applied photography, as well as architectural, landscape, and commercial photography
1999-PresentBegan work on the ongoing German Symphony series consisting of German landscapes and vedutas
1999Image series Megalopolis Shanghai
2002-2006World's End series in Dungeness, England
2004Las Vegas Boulevard series
2007Took photographs in eight countries including France, Italy, and Switzerland for their Modern Turner series
2007-2010Worked on the series New York City
2008-2011Series Berlin
2009Qatar project
2011Series London
2013They live in Göttingen, Germany

Exhibitions

2008Megalopolis Shanghai, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, USA
2006Megalopolis Shangai, Two-persons show at Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany

Interview

Picasso once said, "You don't make art, you find it." Where do you find your art?

At home I have an extensive library that has grown over the years. It is the heart of my home and my absolute favorite place to spend time. It's where inspiration and art find me.


From concept to creation: How do you approach your work?

For several years now, my primary subjects of interest have been cities and urban landscapes. To prepare for a new project, I browse through illustrated books, draw inspiration from literature and films, and then I set off. On location, I simply let myself drift. It's exciting to step out of a hotel in Venice in the morning and ask myself, should I go left or right?
On the topic of Venice, I try to interpret this widely photographed city in a different and personal way - far from the tourists and crowds. These moments, when I’m standing alone in an empty St. Mark's Square in the middle of the night working in peace, are very special and surreal. Later on, the city awakens, and I make my way back to the hotel. Tired, maybe also wet and frigid, but happy to have captured an image I’ve longed for.


What’s your favorite book?
 
I can't really pinpoint my favorite book. But for years I've been reading “The Buddha of Suburbia” by Hanif Kureishi over and over again.


Which artist would you like to have coffee with and what would you talk about?


William Turner is at the top of my list; A visionary and master of light. We could philosophize for hours about light, form, and colors. His work and his sheer passion inspire and motivate me to experiment. Other topics of conversation would be architecture and the transformation of landscapes and cities in pictures. Last but not least, we would discuss our common fondness of the English countryside and the city of Venice. A cup of coffee would certainly be too little.


How did you develop an interest in art?


Art is a family affair, a cross-generational collaboration. I photographed together with my father for a quarter of a century; I was practically born into photography. My career aspirations as a photographer were clear from an early age. The joint work for travel picture books gradually pushed us into the art world. The first major project was a long-term documentary about Shanghai. Over a period of more than four years, we captured the transformation of this metropolis. The culminating event was a large solo exhibition at the Hamburg Museum of Art and Crafts with an accompanying exhibition catalog.


Who in your life influences you the most?

The collaboration with my father naturally had a strong influence on me.
I enjoy embracing the environment around me and using that as inspiration. However, what particularly fascinates me is complete dedication to a project. When you experience a shared sense of heart and soul, it's a special symbiosis.


If you had a time machine, where would you go?

I would certainly do a lot of traveling. A good start would be the exciting and vibrant 1920s in Berlin. After that, perhaps roaming the gloomy alleys of London with Charles Dickens. Later, I'd love to look over the shoulders of Renaissance masters like Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci. It would also be great to take a trip to England in the second half of the 18th century at the time of the Industrial Revolution. But it's also nice to think about returning to our own time, back home.


What is your greatest passion, aside from art?


Besides photography, I like to spend time in my library, poking my nose into photography books. There is nothing more beautiful than books.


What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on a story about my hometown Göttingen. This work is intended to evolve into an exhibition and book project. After that, I will probably take a trip to Italy to continue the Venice picture series.