Josef Dreisörner

Photographic & AI Imaging Artist, Mediadesigner

When encountering the works of Josef Dreisörner, one discovers an artistic position in which conceptual creativity is combined with craftsmanship. Just as the act of creating a picture is an active process, so is the process that his pictures set in motion in the eye of the beholder. Seeing goes beyond simple representational recognition to become a productive process of perception. The themes of his works are immediately recognizable and immediately understandable even without a legend, as his pictures tell a clear story that is open to interpretation. His works do not express an opinion, but open up spaces for reflection that the viewer can fill with their own thoughts.

Photographic Analogue
Josef Dreisörner’s analogue black-and-white photographs enable him to capture his motifs – especially the human face – with a strong authenticity far more than any color photography, and to bring socially relevant themes to the point with great conciseness in his conceptual still lifes.

His Klimsch Unikat close-up portraits create unique, visually and psychologically precise insights into the human face – an aesthetic that initially alienates the viewer, but is precisely intended in its consistency of depiction. These human faces are unadorned, direct and truthful. Josef Dreisörner’s portraits are a consistent alternative to the arbitrary images of people that have been passed through countless filters and presets, produced and shared millions of times a day, in which every mistake is corrected and every desired aesthetic result is produced retrospectively. This practice of depicting leads to an ever-increasing standardization of visual language, to a monotony of uniform visuality and to a great loss of meaning in seeing.

In Josef Dreisörner’s still lifes, the decorative aspect tends to take a back seat. Although he himself is committed to high aesthetic standards, his conceptual still lifes are intended to draw the viewer’s attention to socially relevant themes in order to create a space for interpretation and invite discussion.

Such pictorial statements are mainly realised by means of so-called large-format cameras. Of particular note is the Klimsch Praktika reproduction / process camera built in 1957 with a film format of up to 50×60 cm (20×24 Inch). Photographs are taken analogue on black-and-white film or with direct exposure on black-and-white positive photo paper. When using the positive photo paper the captured image cannot be reproduced in analog photographic technology, and there is no option of analogue or digital post-processing. The captures on film are realized by means of the Palladium /Platinum Print process. Due to the 50×60 cm film format of the Klimsch Praktika reproduction / process camera, he is one of the few photographers who is able to produce analogue negatives and thus Palladium /Platinum Prints with a size of up to 50×60 cm (20×24 Inch). In this process, hand prints are made on natural paper whose incomparable quality, aesthetic beauty and permanence were already appreciated by the pictorialists of the 19th century.

AI generated Images
Since 2023, Josef Dreisörner has also been working on the creation of images using artificial intelligence. He does not see AI software as a toy tool that can be used to create a variety of many images, but as another tool to realize his image ideas from a different perspective. Compared to photography, where only real objects can be depicted, AI software can also draw on virtual image information, enabling completely new aspects of a familiar perspective.

Article about the Artist in Mundus Art Magazine

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Article on the project “AI-Robot – Artificial Intelligence” in the Art-Profil Art Magazine

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International Prizes and Awards:

The International Photography Awards IPA 2023: 1x Honorable Mention for entry “AI-Robot – Grace“; Official Selection for entries “AI-Robot – Grace“ and “AI-Robot – Love”

Monochrome Photography Awards 2022: 2x Honorable Mention for entries “AI-Robot – Humanoid Robot“, “AI-Robot – Love”

MonoVisions Photography Awards 2023: Honorable Mention for entry “AI-Robot – Artificial Intelligence Series“

Monochrome Photography Awards 2022: 2x Honorable Mention for entries “AI-Robot – Humanoid Robot“, “AI-Robot – Grace”

MonoVisions Photography Awards 2022, 6th Edition: Honorable Mention for entry „Razor Wire“

Fine Art Photography Awards 2022, 8th Edition: Nominee for „Fist“

Monochrome Photography Awards 2021: 2x Honorable Mention for entries “Protective Masks“, “Hong Kong Orchid“

MonoVisions Photography Awards 2021, 5th Edition: 3x Honorable Mention for entries “Hong Kong Orchid“, “Protective Masks“, “Fist“

Fine Art Photography Awards 2021, 7th Edition: Nominee for “Klimsch Unikate – Conceptual Series“

The International Photography Awards IPA 2021: Honorable Mention for entry “Razor Wire”

Monochrome Photography Awards 2020: 2x Honorable Mention for entries “Razor Wire”, “Fur”

Fine Art Photography Awards 2018, 4th Edition: Nominee for “Klimsch Unikat Portraits“


Josef Dreisörner – Photographic Art
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