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Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert

issue #11: plural beauties

Caleido tells the Travel diary of Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, who uses analogue photography to portray heterogeneous personalities belonging to queer art and culture. Welcome to Caleido, an inspirational diary, that narrates many stories: about creative people, trends, travels, objects. / Read the Editor’s letter here

Diary of: @jwo_studio

Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert @jwo_studio
1. In your work you like to investigate the diverse personalities of the people you photograph. Is there one that has particularly intrigued you?

Last summer I visited Malta with my boyfriend. I knew I was going to take some nice photos, but I ended up using tons of photo film. Couldn’t stop taking photos of him. And he went along with it. I like when the person I photograph trusts my vision and just let me do my thing. My work is a mixture of staged and authentic moments. Also last summer I took photos of François Sagata queer icon and super sweet and charming guy. I first saw him in the L.A. Zombie movie from Bruce LaBruce and was fascinated by him since. Not just he did porn, he constantly redefined masculinity and was challenging gender norms. I was so happy when he confirmed to have a portrait shoot at my friends place! We took a lot photos, which some of them I will show soon at my gallery. I will print close ups of cocks on silk and let them floating in the wind in the middle of the room. I already showed that in another exhibition years ago. “Dance with the cock” but I want to go bigger now. Lets see. 

Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert @jwo_studio
Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert @jwo_studio
2. Beauty and loveliness, not only in a purely aesthetic sense. What attracts you to a person? How is the collective imagination evolving? 

I like to surprise myself often in who I photograph. It can be anyone. A common beauty person, or trash celebrity, or the somebody next door. I can photograph everybody. I basically do. My portraits are always also self-portraits. We are all part of each others life. At the end we are all the same. Be loved and being able to share something. To connect people and to collaborate with other creatives is my purpose in life.

Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert @jwo_studio
Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert @jwo_studio
Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert @jwo_studio
Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert @jwo_studio
3. If you were to send a postcard from your “journey” (figuratively speaking) among the subjects you have photographed over the years, to whom would you send it? What message would you write?

Forced or obvious deep meanings bore me. “I’d like to come back. The weather is great, the food yummy and looking forward seeing you againMy grandmother would appreciate that.

Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert @jwo_studio
Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert @jwo_studio
Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert @jwo_studio
Postcard by Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert
Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert

The artist Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert was born in 1991 in Prien am Chiemsee (Bavaria/Germany). Early 2016 he self published his first Photobook “Gender as a Spectrum” which has received a great amount of media attention and been shown in various exhibitions. Working exclusively with analogue photography, his key priority is always to present the people who sit for him as themselves. Parallel to his work in the photographic field he has most recently dedicated himself more strongly to artistic projects.In 2017 he opened his own gallery/studiospace “P7 GALLERY“ in Berlin where different Events from Art & Photography take place.

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