I was first introduced to Matthias Heiderich's work through a sale of some prints on Fab about a year ago. Recently they had another sale of his work, which reminded me of this phenomenal architecture photographer.
Heiderich is a self-taught photographer living in Berlin. one of his characteristic frames is isolating the upper portions of a wall or cornice, or isolating mundane urban elements (light posts) against the sky, turning them into object-graphics for aesthetic enjoyment. (In that sense Heiderich's work partakes in the same statement of the Machine Arts exhibition in 1941, the thesis of which was that industrially produced objects—machine parts like ball bearings, in this case—also have aesthetic value on their own. Heiderich's frames of lamp posts make the same claim, essentially.)
Personally I think his work is beyond gorgeous and pronouncedly graphic (which I love). Heiderich's photos take architecture (or in some cases just "buildings", if you prefer) and make their simple, sometimes ubiquitous elements powerful; he takes them as they are, and makes something awesome out of what is inherently simple. In that way his photographic style is similar to what I'd like my writing style to be, in terms of architecture and design theory in our culture. So stay tuned for that on the newly regular Friday WORDS posts (starting next week...obviously).
Heiderich's website offers at least a couple of hours of brilliant and inspiring aesthetic procrastination, so please check it out. He is really very amazing. Below are some of my favorites from the website. I just want to make Ts out of them or something. (All photos property of Matthias Heiderich.)
Enjoy—you should probably sit down before you swoon.