June Update. Prepping the show, printing the book!

June 28, 2011 § 1 Comment

© Daniel Hofer 2011

Hey all, after some hard weeks of work I’m finally almost done! I’m still preparing the small exhibition that will take place in Dortmund next week (details here: “Schauraum“), but the book (actually in a pototype edition of 2) is already printed and bound!

But first, let me give you an update on what happened in June…

Basically, everything happened at the same time…Speaking with the printer, the bookbinder, the framebuilder, the guys who mount the pictures, and… somehow trying to make at least some money.

Here is a proof I made with Kreuberg based printer’s shop Ausdruck,  to find out how the pictures look like on the paper stock I’ve choosen. Luckily, I didn’t have to make major adjustments on my files so printing was surprisingly easy.

More test prints and proofs were made for the upcoming exhibtion prints I’ll produce this week.

The night before I had to bring the files to the printer I still had so much stuff to do…The last days before deadlines are always stressful, aren’t they? I finally decided that the title of the project should be simply “Salar”. The next picture shows how Jonas Holthaus (who helped me with the design of the book – Thanks again, Jonas!!) and me try to find an interesting typeface for the front cover.

We did a bunch of variations, but in the end we decided to just print “SALAR” on the cover and not use a photograph. After almost one year of work and 10 weeks in Bolivia, we I finished the book last Wednesday and today I finally picked up the final book!

Unfortunately, that would not mean that I’m really done now. Some time ago I’ve started to think about the final thesis show and I made some tests concerning the size of the frames etc. The next pictures give an idea of that process.

Afterwards, I had a better idea on the sizes I would like to produce, so I made test prints, bought plexiglass and transported everything via train to Düsseldorf where a good friend who is a carpenter helped me to build 1 frame per size as a “dummy”.

As the whole school will be full with graphic & fotodesign diplomas next weekend, each student will only have some meters of wall to show his work. Thus, I will only be able to show a few pictures – but the book will be shown too , so if you are around stop by in Dortmund and you’ll see plenty of good photography!

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FH Dortmund Thesis Show (Diplomausstellung), Design Department
http://schau-raum.net/

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April/May update!

May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Buenos dias, amigos!

After exciting travel posts from Bolivia in September and January, I must admit that sitting in my Berlin studio and doing post production / book design / preparing the thesis show etc. is not really that exciting for you, my dear readers (btw, almost 9000 clicks on this blog since August – not too bad!). But here is a tiny update/ overview on what’s happening.

First of all, editing roughly 2400 photographs is hard work. I spent a great deal of time on sequencing the selected photographs for my book. The next picture shows that I printed the pictures I liked all in a small size of 6*7 cm’s, which makes it easier to move them around and combine pictures in terms of spreads etc.

On top, that’s the material put together by place/colors/genre/topic … Beneath, i tried to put my favourite photographs in a sequence for the book, though that has already changed so many times! (For a larger version clck the pics)

I’m not done with the layout yet, but I wanted to figure out which pictures work with each other, maybe even as spreads, so I took snap shots of a couple of paires.



Watching the photographs over and over again, you really get mad and I must say that there are days when it’s quite hard to be motivated and continue the work – but as my final presentation and the thesis show will take place from July 8th-10th in my school in Dortmund, there are only 2 months left so I better keep working!

One strange thing that happens once in a while is that one finds so many new details in the scans one didn’t see before. For example the next photo (and I found that really shocking because I would never have expected that in Bolivia):

So far you might not notice something special, but then if you lighten up the shadows you see this:

A swastika (Hakenkreuz) tattooed onto the hand of a salt worker. I know that the swastika is not only a symbol that was used be the Nazis, also in India you do see it once in a while, having I think a religous/cultural (and not political) background there. But why do they use it in the Bolivian province? In case I ever come back, I’ll ask this worker.


The same guy together with my friend David Middlemiss who will contribute text to our book project (along with Nathaniel Freiburger). Dave, Nate and me will meet in Bristol/UK in July to bring together my photographs and their texts, and continue planning an exhibition of our project. We’ll also present the project to an institution / a great exhibition space in London, the people there seem to be quite interested in showing our lithium story there!

Some more pictures of my travels that so far didn’t make it into the tighter edit but I still like them…




Finally, I mentioned you get mad after looking at the pictures over and over again… I once noticed I photographed soo many bare light bulbs. If you turn them around ,they look like plants. Don’t they?

Everybody who’s around should come to the thesis show in Dortmund in July, it’s called “Schauraum” and I will not only show an exclusive first print of my book but also have some beautiful pictures on the wall 🙂

I hope that I will be able to have a bigger show with my photographs later this year in Berlin for all those who can’t make it to the Old West.

Invitations will come… Thanks for following / supporting this project!

February March Update

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hey everybody!

6 weeks ago I came back from Bolivia, and since then a bunch of things have happened. First of all, I had to work quite a bit to refill may rather empty bank account. 93 rolls of exposed film got developed, and I then printed contact sheets and scanned a wide edit and quickly printed the pictures as small 13*18 cm (5*7 ”) copies.

Another thing that kept me busy was moving into my new office/studio in Berlin Neukölln. It’s a wonderful big space that I’m sharing with 6 other creative guys from various backgrounds (architecture, fashion design, graphic design, copywriter, art). So until July when I’ll have my thesis show in Dortmund I will probably spend quite some time here!

Here are some pictures of the space and some snapshots of the long-lasting editing process.







2 more pictures from a december visit in the office. Ice ice baby! And lots of snow on our wonderful huge terrace.


At the moment and that’s not going to change within the next weeks, I’m working on the edit and doing post production on the high-res scans (which means color corrections, cleaning the files of dust etc.). I also began to do some first layouts and think about how the book should look like, especially in terms of format and size but also in terms of the concept / sequencing the photographs. Another thing I’m about to start with is learning how to build wooden frames for my exhibition (there is a workshop connected to the office/studio space which I can use). As one always needs frames for exhibitions etc. I thought that this is a good moment to start making them myself! (Though not quite sure if that’s gonna be succesful. We’ll see.)

Ohh and I forgot: flare magazin (flaremag.de / flaremag.com) selected the “top ten german photographers under 30 years“, and I was fortunate enough to be among them, next to guys like Julian Röder whose work I really like! See the post here.

October / November Update

November 11, 2010 § 2 Comments

After doing contact sheets and scanning a whole bunch of pictures, i produced working prints and tried to edit it. Obviously, easier said than done.








I also went to Dortmund University twice to attend “thesis class” and discuss my and all the other thesis projects with our Professor Susanne Bruegger.

Apart from keeping editing, I’m working on a potential book layout and trying to define a book size. I’m also interchanging ideas for this book with David Middlemiss who will, probably together with an us-american phd scholar from California, contribute texts to the book project.

Last news: I booked the second trip to Bolivia and will be in Bolivia all January to add further material to the project. Hopefully it will be possible to take portraits of important politicians, including the bolivian president Evo Morales. Chances are not too bad.

BIG L Edition – more prints produced!

November 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

During the last weeks, more people decided to support my thesis project and to “order” prints of the BIG L Edition.For 50 Euros (students 25 Euros, S&H incl.), you can still become a donator and get a fine art print of my recent work. Here are some impressions from the studio when I produced and shipped the prints recently.

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