Claus Goedicke, Some Things, 2008
Claus Goedicke is a German photographer whose project Some Things looks like an advertising catalogue but with household objects instead of products. They are well made still-lifes with an absurd mock-serious attitude, raising the sausage and potato to high art.
Goedicke was a Masters student of Bernd Becher at the Dusseldorf Academy, so he is part of that elite of German photographers that includes Andreas Gursky and Thomas Ruff. Elite is the right word when you consider that a print of Gursky’s Rhine II recently sold for $4.3 million dollars, the highest price ever paid for a photograph. Goedicke’s images carry on the main elements of the Becher tradition: the deadpan stare, the serial accumulation of things, the typology of objects, and the flawless technique. (It’s no wonder Dusseldorf is called an Academy).