Roma Publications, 2022. First edition. Softcover with insert, 112 pp., 56 b/w illustrations, 210 x 290 mm. Photographs by Jochen Lempert. Text by Yasmil Raymon (English / German). Design by Roger Willems.
Since the 1990s, Jochen Lempert has used the book itself as a classic medium for conveying knowledge, narration, and visual experiments. Lempert's photographs begin with an encounter: his meeting with plants and animals, real or artificial representations in urban or rural settings, museum displays, scientific books, and more. The resulting images display a certain ease, a proximity that speaks to his comfort around his subjects. Rather than applying his scientific knowledge to what he photographs, he visually invites meaning through the act of seeing.
‘Pairs’ appears with an exhibition of Lempert’s work in Frankfurt am Main, curated by Yasmil Raymond and Deborah Müller. The juxtapositions in this series might be two pictures of the same subject, a pair of animals, or visually evocative matches.