PETER FUNCH RECEIVES THE DIRECTOR EINAR HANSEN AND WIFE VERA HANSENS ART, DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE PRICE
42nd and Vanderbilt, Peter Funch
Peter Funch was born in 1974 in Denmark. He is a trained photojournalist from Denmark
journalisthojskole. He lives and works in Berlin.
Peter Funch works as a photographer and has built up a large production of pictures/photographs that range from cultural landscapes of works that work with urbanity and nature, and for cultural scenarios and portraits.
In addition to Danish exhibition venues, Peter Funch has exhibited at several internationally recognized institutions, galleries, and museums. Alice Houston House in New York, Foam in Amsterdam and Triennial of Photography in Hamburg. Most recently, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, with state from the New Carlsberg Foundation, acquired 15 photographs selected from the ’42nd and Vanderbilt’ series for the V&A Museum’s new photo center, which opened in October 2018.
Peter Funch’s photographs have a sharp signature. In general, they can recall still images from a movie where the artist freezes and isolates a snapshot from the narrative structure. The images also have spatial and sculptural qualities, like the characters, figures and motifs in the images appear as modeled through light. The persons and motives, so to speak, step out of their background. Through light modeling and shadowing, the characters and subjects are evoked, leaving you in doubt whether the photo was staged or a documentary. In Peter Funch’s pictures, there is always an underlying gaze for the dynamic forces (movement) that exist in the environment, and not least for the advancing direction of time.
His work can be described as a modern version of documentary.