Lothar Osterburg
Photogravures

Throughout diverse series of photogravures (Piranesi, City of Towers, Draw me a planet), Lothar Osterburg (Braunschweig, 1961 - still active in New York) shapes imaginary sceneries, notably inspired by 18th century artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi and his carceri d’invenzione. Almost working as film stills, Osterburg’s ‘scenes’ are somewhat reminiscent of silent and dark movies of the 1920s directed by Fritz Lang or Sergei Eisenstein.

Working from memory, he creates small-scale models out of readily available or found material, which he then proceeds to photograph through a magnifying glass or macro lens. The scenes are thus brought to lifesize dimensions and printed through the 19th century photographic process of copperplate photogravure.

His prints proved widely collected by public insitutions and private collectors and Lothar Osterburg is well-known for his unusual and inventive technique of photogravure through which various layers of Old Masters are rejuvenated. 

Osterburg, Lothar
Ready for Departure.
Photogravure  on Somerset white.
Size of plate: 57 x 57 cm. Size of sheet: 57 x 57 cm.

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Osterburg, Lothar
The Last Glacier (Miracle of the Snow).
Photogravure on Somerset white.
Size of plate: 55.8 x 55.8 cm. Size of sheet: 55.8 x 55.8 cm.

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Osterburg, Lothar
Flooded Library.
Photogravure on Somerset white.
Size of plate: 69.3 x 88.3 cm. Size of sheet: 69.3 x 88.3 cm.

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Osterburg, Lothar
City of Towers (After the Flood).
Photogravure on Somerset white.
Size of plate: 77.5 x 77.5 cm. Size of sheet: 77.5 x 77.5 cm.

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Osterburg, Lothar
Storm.
Photogravure on Somerset white.
Size of plate: 57 x 76.2 cm. Size of sheet: 57 x 76.2 cm.

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Osterburg, Lothar
Escape.
Photogravure on Somerset white.
Size of plate: 28 x 28 cm. Size of sheet: 40.5 x 38 cm.

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Osterburg, Lothar
Waterline #1.
Photogravure  on Fabriano book paper.
Size of plate: 14 x 14 cm. Size of sheet: 22.9 x 20.3 cm.

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Osterburg, Lothar
Waterline #2.
Photogravure  on Fabriano book paper.
Size of plate: 14 x 14 cm. Size of sheet: 22.9 x 20.3 cm.

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