The Berlin-based photographer Friederike von Rauch is one of my favorite photographers working today. Originally starting out as a silversmith, von Rauch stepped behind the camera while working as a location scout for film productions and ever since she’s been taking some of the most striking images I’ve ever seen. Her latest work, Sleeping Beauties, is a slight departure from her normal images of monochrome buildings and industrial landscape. These images peer behind the scenes of museums and galleries throughout Europe, offering us a glimpse at the artwork after-hours.
Inside the empty gallery von Ruach presents a new perspective on the artwork. Instead of showing us simple broad shots of the space, she focuses instead on the details. We get glimpses of the restoration process, a view of the detail on a frame, the subtle hint of a tightly stretched canvas; von Rauch’s eye soaks up the details, sharing with us the tones and the textures that make up the work.
In these photographs the gallery becomes an almost dreamlike place, where structure and space become near-abstract. Von Rauch leaves us with little clue as to the gallery’s location or even of the work we are viewing and instead she focus on the near-sacred atmosphere of the space. It’s a beautiful series and one I highly recommend you view in full.
You can see more work from Friederike von Rauch on her website here. A new book of her work has recently been published through Sieveking Verlag, entitled In Secret, it is currently available to purchase.