Hans-Christian Schink


12 photographies, gelatine silver print, 2006

 “1 h” was a long term project which German photographer Hans-Christian Schink undertook in 2003. The result of the project – a photography series – consists of two parts each made up of 12 photographs taken in different places in the northern and southern hemispheres. The images depict the “movement” of the sun in the sky during one hour. The artist’s aim was to create images depicting time as an abstract phenomenon.
The inspiration for the project came from American photographer Minor White’s image “The Black Sun” (1955) in which due to a frozen shutter that caused extreme overexposure White had accidently captured the sun as a black hole in the sky. Schink wondered whether this effect known as “true solarisation” might also work with a much longer exposure, i.e., an exposure of one hour. Another notable fact is that the angle of the line of the sun’s “course” varies depending on the latitude where the photograph is taken – in the far north during the summer months when the midnight sun can be observed the line is horizontal, but on the Tropic of Cancer in the summer solstice it is almost vertical. In 2008, Schink was awarded with the first REAL Photography Award for a photograph from his “1 h” series.


1961 - Born in Erfurt, Germany
1986-91 - Studies in photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig
1990 - Photography programme at the DFJW, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn
1991-93 - Postgraduate studies at the HGB, Leipzig
1997 - Scolarship of the Stiftung Kulturfonds
1998 - Grant of the Thüringer Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst 1999 - Grant of the Stiftung Kulturfonds
1999 - 1st place in the competition "Kunst am Bau" for the Physic and Astronomy Faculty at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena
2000 - "Prix Sinar" from the competition "Grand Prix Européen de la Ville de Vevey", Switzerland
2002 - Artist in residence/Villa Aurora - Foundation for European-American Relations, Los Angeles
2008 - REAL Photography Award
2008 - Grant of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Solo exhibitions in Germany, Spain, Argentina, the Netherlands, Austria, Lithuania, the USA, Portugal.