This project spotlights man’s cultivation of nature. It features gigantic outdoor monocultures in the United States, or under glass and plastic in the Netherlands and Spain. Interior views of research institutes provide insights into those places where new varieties are constantly being grown and tested. Places where man assumes the role of Creator when he uses genetic engineering to give plants features that are even more profitable.
Henrik Spohler, born 1965 studied photography at the Folkwang-Schule/ Universität Essen. Since 1992 Spohler worked as a freelance photographer and realized own projects. Spohler got several awards, his photographs are in private and public collections. Since 2009 he is Professor for photography at HTW Berlin. Lives and works in Hamburg.
The Triennial of Photography Hamburg originated as an initiative of the photographer and collector F. C. Gundlach, with the support of the directors of Hamburg’s major museums. Every third year since 1999 a festival of photography has taken place in Hamburg. Meanwhile, the Triennial of Photography Hamburg has become an important festival of international reputation. In 2005 for instance, 83 museums, galleries, and other organizations with 114 exhibitions took part in the 3rd Triennial of Photography that was visited by 260,000 guests. Besides a great variety of exhibitions presenting the whole range of photographic techniques and styles, the festival was complemented by symposia, lectures, and conferences. The main organizer of the Triennial is Deichtorhallen.