November 03/04, 2017, 10am–6pm

Location:  Hochschule für Gestaltung (University for the Arts), Isenburger Schloss, 2. OG (second floor) and top floor, Schloßstr. 31, 63065 Offenbach


Reality and falsification through analogue and digital photography, Manipulation

Workshop schedule

Day 1: Meet at 10 am, Hochschule für Gestaltung (University for the Arts), Schloss, Offenbach. Together with the instructor Martin Liebscher and the other participants, you will be working on the question of reality and manipulation in analogue and digital photography.  The introduction will be followed by a photo shooting.

Day 2: Meet at 10 am. We will begin with an in-depth portfolio review and afterwards a presentation of the works of Martin Liebscher and Clemens Mitscher. Under their guidance, the participant's results and approaches will be discussed and further developed. The programme includes RAW developing.  Photos will be printed at the HfG.


The participants are requested to bring portfolios of their work (10-30 photos) in printed form to the first meeting. Please don't forget your photography equipment, if possible bring a digital camera that can photograph RAW). 

Language: German
Price members: 250 EUR
Price non members: 350 EUR
Number of participants: Min. 8 | max. 12 persons
Registration deadline: Oktober 29, 2018

A workshop on the lies of photography with Martin Liebscher and Clemens Mitscher.

The illusion of photography has been inscribed in the photographic image since its very beginning. The dead Bayard was a fraud.  Stalin read it wrong, he wasn't the only one.  What analogue techniques were used?  Can complete digital imaging eventually deceive the forensic experts? Can a digital image become untraceable through analogue means?

Binary imaging makes it possible to manipulate realities within seconds. We will concern ourselves with the history of falsification. Unraveling the adhesion of place and time, we drown ourselves in the central perspective.

The Laboratory of Lies.  In the HFG Offenbach workshops, we can get involved in the digital workflow, RAW conversion to print.

Martin Liebscher (*1964, Naumburg/Saale) studied from 1990 to 1995 with Thomas Bayrle and Martin Kippenberger at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. In 1993 he visited the Slade School of Fine Art in London and in 1996 he became a masterstudent of Thomas Bayrle. In the winter semester 2007 Martin Liebscher took over the position as a professor for photography at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach.

Liebschers work is represented in numerous international collections including the Kunsthalle Kiel; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Mori Museum, Tokio; Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg; Kunsthalle Mannheim; Ludwig Forum, Aachen; and in the Kunstvereine in Bremerhaven, Ludwigshafen, Mannheim and in Marburg.

In 2010 Martin Liebscher was awarded the the Deutschen Fotobuchpreis for the book Einer für alle, published 2009 by Hatje Cantz Publishing House. He lives and works in Offenbach and Berlin. Martin Liebscher is an exhibiting artist of RAY 2018.

Clemens Mitscher was born in 1955 in Marburg. After an apprenticeship as a reinforcing iron and rebar worker (1973–1976) he apprenticed as a photographer (1977–1978) at Bildarchiv Foto Marburg. In 1984 he studied Art History in Marburg and then Visual Communications at the HfG Offenbach until 1991. He received the Award for the Visual Arts of the Federal Minister for Education and Science in 1989, followed by a scholarship from Johannes-Mosbach-Stiftung in 1990. His diploma project was entitled “Die Verfügbarkeit des Desasters – Bilder neuer Ordnung” (The Availability of Disaster – Pictures of New Order). Clemens Mitscher has been lecturing at the HfG Offenbach since 1993 and since 1998 has been a specialist lecturer for Photography in the Department of Art. 



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