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To mark the publication of the annual mare photobook, the Persiehl & Heine Gallery is staging an exhibition of the photos in the book in cooperation with the mare publishing house.
On behalf of mare publisher and editor-in-chief, Nikolaus Gelpke, the photographers Mathias Bothor, Heike Ollertz, Edgar Herbst, Sirio Magnabosco, Dimitrij Leltschuk, Jan Windszus and others travelled to diverse towns characterized by their seaside location, using their camera to capture the coastal landscape in their own individual visual vernacular.

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Heike Ollertz & Edgar Herbst - Iceland

Iceland is not only a Nordic island of pristine nature, its people inured by long summer nights and cold winter months. It is also the world´s largest volcanic island, situated on the Mid-Atlantic ridge and growing up to 2 centimeters (0.78 inches) a year. The upstream of hot rocks from the bowels of the earth replenish the island´s shifting continental plates. Iceland´s earth lives and rocks and spits and boils, but it is also covered to more than ten percent in ice. The treeless plains and mountains are very close to the earth´s origins. Wild would be an understatement. Here, one feels and sees the inferno, from which the world evolved, the eternal wind blows across a panopticon of sensations as in “Jurassic Park”, though without dinosaurs. But with people, who have learnt to survive in such surroundings. Nearly all of them live crowded together in the capital city Reykjavík, in a country that otherwise averages two to four houses every forty thousand square meters. It is this land that I want to encounter photographically like no other: To depict its magnificent nature, how the people live with it and acquire the characteristics their environment requires. 

Few, if any, know better than Heike Ollertz how to work with a heavy medium-format camera, day and night, in winter or summer, rain and snow, patiently awaiting the right lighting conditions and sharpness to photograph landscapes, houses or harbours.  In her first illustrated book, “Ireland”, commissioned by mare, as well as in many of her subsequent photo reportages, she skillfully employs her hand-crafted Alpa with its 6 x 9 cm (2.4 x 3.5 in) negatives. Her analogue photography ensures genuine colours and natural moods devoid of affectation. Iceland has no need of digital image processing. 

Both photographers travelled for more than six months criss-crossing Iceland: Ollertz with a four-wheel drive and in venturesome boats to capture the icebergs at exactly the right moment before the northern lights or aurora borealis. Autumn in a camping van, driving from a wedding to a musical festival, from the disco to a lonely fisherman. Always searching. 

The supposed desert, with scarcely a tree or a bush, is actually a kaleidoscope of colours and forms. 

Nikolaus Gelpke, publisher
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Heike Ollertz 
Jokulsarlon I - glacier lagoon, south east Iceland 
2011, colour print, 120 x 180 cm/47.2 x 70.9 in, edition of 9

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Godafoss

Heike Ollertz 
Godafoss - waterfall of the gods, north Iceland 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.5 in, edition of 9

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Jokursarlon II

Heike Ollertz 
Jokulsarlon II - icebergs on the lava beach, south east Iceland 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Jokursarlon IV

Heike Ollertz 
Jokulsarlon IV - glacier lagoon, south east Iceland 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Blue Lagoon I

Heike Ollertz 
Blue Lagoon I - geothermal power station, Reykjanes 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Dyrholaey

Heike Ollertz 
Dyrholaey - sea cliffs, south coast, 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Hvevir

Heike Ollertz 
Hvevier - Namafjall mountain, Myvatn 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Route 36

Heike Ollertz 
Route 36 - ring road, south east Iceland 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Yellow House

Heike Ollertz 
Yellow House - by night, south west Iceland 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Seltjarnarnes

Heike Ollertz 
Seltjarnarnes - lighthouse, south west Iceland 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Myrdalsjokull

Heike Ollertz 
Myrdalsjokull - glacier, south Iceland 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Jokursarlon III

Heike Ollertz 
Jokulsarlon III - glacier lagoon, south east Iceland 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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101

Heike Ollertz 
101 - Reykjavik, south east Iceland 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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car in the snow

Heike Ollertz 
Car in the snow - south west Iceland, 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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dyradalur

Heike Ollertz 
Dyradalur - Nesjavallaleid rout 435, south west Iceland, 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Gatkelttur

Heike Ollertz 
Snaefellsnes Peninsula - west Iceland 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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in color

Heike Ollertz 
In color - Reykjavik Harbor, south west Iceland, 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Lucky Luke

Heike Ollertz 
Lucky Luke - ring road, south west Iceland, 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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ring road

Heike Ollertz 
Ring Road - south coast, Iceland, 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Stokkur

Heike Ollertz 
Stokkur - geysir, south Iceland, 
2011, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Edgar Herbst 
Fairyfish - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 40 x 40 cm/15.7 x 15.7 in, edition of 9

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Edgar Herbst 
Groom - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 67,5 x 46,5 cm/26.5 x 10.3 in, edition of 9

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Edgar Herbst 
Ice - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Edgar Herbst 
Reception - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Band

Edgar Herbst 
Klysja - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Bierchen

Edgar Herbst 
Beer - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Boxer

Edgar Herbst 
Boxer - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Eisbaer

Edgar Herbst 
Polar bear - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
40 x 40 cm/15.7 x 15.7 in, edition of 9

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Indianer

Edgar Herbst 
Hrefna und Einar - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Kleid

Edgar Herbst 
Dress - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
48 x 33 cm/18.9 x 13 in, edition of 9

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Liudmilla

Edgar Herbst 
Summernight - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
46,5 x 67,5 cm/18.2 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Noerrinn

Edgar Herbst 
Husavik - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Pfeife

Edgar Herbst 
Fisherman - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
48 x 33 cm/18.9 x 13 in, edition of 9

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Pool

Edgar Herbst 
Beachpool - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Schwimmer

Edgar Herbst 
Swimmer - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Selbst

Edgar Herbst 
Self - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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smile

Edgar Herbst 
Docker - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Sofa

Edgar Herbst 
Bertha und Petur - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Tanke

Edgar Herbst 
Petrol station - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Taucher

Edgar Herbst 
Blue Lagoon - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
67,5 x 46,5 cm/26.4 x 10.2 in, edition of 9

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Tor

Edgar Herbst 
Goal - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Torte

Edgar Herbst 
Wedding cake - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
33 x 48 cm/13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Wandbild

Edgar Herbst 
Captain - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
48 x 33 cm/18.9 x 13 in, edition of 9

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Zahnfee

Edgar Herbst 
Toothfairy - 2011, pigment print on hahnemühle fine art baryta, 
48 x 33 cm/18.9 x 13 in, edition of 9

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Iceland - Heike Ollertz and Edgar Herbst, book, € 58,-

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