death comes later, maybe
Jörg Gläscher’s laconic photographs of the German Army show that nothing is what it seems anymore. (...) His photographs don’t document the German Army; instead, he finds images created in the course of the journeys he has undertaken to, and with, the armed forces that open up room for thought. His pictorial language is undramatic. Almost laconically, he lines up scenes one after the other that often appear absurd to the viewer. He avails himself of the common photographic genres: landscape with fig- ure, portrait, still life and scenery. He provides no explanations, relying on the viewer’s own knowledge of politics and society. Justifiably. In all of recent German history, the German Army has probably not had more of a pronounced media presence than during the period when the photos in this book were taken. (...)
Jörg Gläscher’s photographs thus oscillate between deceptively idyllic heathland scenes and the suggestive menace evoked by formal reduction. Scattered in between are portraits of young soldiers. No one here is a cool private. We gaze into faces that express reserve, caution, pensiveness, or also uncertainty. Death will come later, perhaps.
(Peter Bialobrzeski)
Winner of the 2013 German Photo Book Award in Silver

Authors: Holger Witzel, Ingo Schulze, Jochen Missfeldt, Kathrin Schmidt, Peter Bialobrzeski, Tanja Dückers, Wolfgang Prosinger
Artist: Jörg Gläscher
Design: Tom Unverzagt

Hardcover
30 x 22,5 cm
136 pages
59 color ills.
ISBN 978-3-86828-266-5
36 Euro
2011