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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, Island

“Jokulsarlon I – glacier lagoon“, South East Iceland 
2011, Heike Ollertz, colour print, 47.2 x 70.9 in, edition of 9

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Godafoss

“Godafoss – waterfall of the gods”, North Iceland 
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.5 in, edition of 9

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Jokursarlon II

“Jokulsarlon II – icebergs on the lava beach”, South East Iceland 
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Jokursarlon IV

“Jokulsarlon IV – glacier lagoon“, South East Iceland 
2011, Heike Ollertz,  pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Blue Lagoon I

“Blue Lagoon I – geothermal power station“, Reykjanes
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Dyrholaey

 “Dyrholaey – sea cliffs”, south coast 2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Hvevir

“Hvevier – Namafjall mountain”, Myvatn 
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Route 36

Route 36 – ring road, South East Iceland 
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Yellow House

 “Yellow House – by night”, South West Iceland 
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Seltjarnarnes

“Seltjarnarnes – lighthouse”, South West Iceland 
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Myrdalsjokull

“Myrdalsjokull – glacier”, South Iceland 
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Jokursarlon III

“Jokulsarlon III – glacier lagoon”, South East Iceland 
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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101

“101 – Reykjavik”, South East Iceland 
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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car in the snow

 
“Car in the snow – South West Iceland” 2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 45 x 67,5 cm/17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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dyradalur

“Dyradalur – Nesjavallaleid rout 435”, South West Iceland
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Gatkelttur

“Snaefellsnes Peninsula – West Iceland” 2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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“In color – Reykjavik Harbor”, South West Iceland
2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Lucky Luke

“Lucky Luke – ring road”, South West Iceland 2011,
Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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ring road

“Ring Road – south coast” Iceland 2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Stokkur

“Stokkur – geysir” South Iceland 2011, Heike Ollertz, pigment print, 17.7 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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“Fairyfish” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 15.7 x 15.7 in, edition of 9

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“Groom” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 26.5 x 10.3 in, edition of 9

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“Ice” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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 “Reception” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Band

 “Klysja” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Bierchen

“Beer” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Boxer

“Boxer” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Eisbaer

“Polar bear” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 15.7 x 15.7 in, edition of 9

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Indianer

“Hrefna und Einar” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Kleid

“Dress” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 18.9 x 13 in, edition of 9

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Liudmilla

“Summernight” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 18.2 x 26.4 in, edition of 9

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Noerrinn

“Husavik” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Pfeife

“Fisherman” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 18.9 x 13 in, edition of 9

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Pool

“Beachpool” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Schwimmer

“Swimmer” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Selbst

 “Self” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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smile

“Docker” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Sofa

“Bertha und Petu” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Tanke

“Petrol station” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Taucher

“Blue Lagoon” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 26.4 x 10.2 in, edition of 9

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Tor

“Goal” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Torte

“Wedding cake” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 13 x 18.9 in, edition of 9

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Wandbild

“Captain” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 8.9 x 13 in, edition of 9

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Zahnfee

“Toothfairy” 2011, Edgar Herbst, pigment print, 18.9 x 13 in, edition of 9

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

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