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Twenty-one Years in One Second
Photographs by Erik Hinz
With this book a dream came true for Erik Hinz and at the same time he made us a present.
Photography is his profession and his passion. For reports, commissioned work, or simply out of curiosity, he has traveled the world with his camera. He doesn't follow a plan, has no concept, he is simply interested in the frequent forms of human behavior in different environments and situations. He doesn´t seek for his motives and he also does not find them just like that. He follows his instincts and stays tuned, anticipates how scenes could develop, senses when the missing component, which turns a photograh into a picture, shows up in the viewfinder, shoots, pulls the tensioning lever, shoots again. And if everything was just right, it´s a good picture.
100 of these good pictures are in his book. Tender Portraits, absurd situations, the beautiful bra saleswoman, Papas daring leap into the gorge, a family on a scooter, a growling dog behind the gates, the wistful look of a young man on three bathing young women, the cloud-jump of a little boy. Each picture speaks for itself and together they say so much about us with our worries and doubts, our strengths and weaknesses and about the sense and nonsense that we bring about on Earth.
›A little Old School‹ as Erik Hinz says, ›Twenty-one Years in One Second‹ shows all the magic of photography in 100 images, for which the shutter was opened altogether for just a single second. For the photographer it is perhaps the most important second of his life and I am grateful that he shares it with us.