Koch, Chaussée Kennedy

In the early 2000s, German photographer Mathias Koch began his investigation of Normandy landscapes marked by World War II before turning his interest to more complex, changing areas in 2009. He found the urban structure of Le Havre particularly fascinating. The proximity of sectors as diverse as the rebuilt centre, the old districts, the harbour, the industrial city, the housing developments on the outskirts, all in the midst of restructuring, provided him with a rich subject that he planned to explore in a major series.

The procedure the artist used (shooting from an aerial firetruck ladder that he positioned as he saw fit) enabled him to record unique perspectives, renewing with the register of the cavalier perspective. His photographs thus provide an enthralling reinterpretation of the urban space that highlights—particularly for the rebuilt centre—the dramatic aspect of Perret's intended design.

Produced for the exhibition "Le Havre. Images sur commande", they enrich the collection of photography and video on the Le Havre (Lucien Hervé, Gabriele Basilico, Véronique Ellena and Nancy Wilson-Pajic, among others).
Matthias KOCH (1967), Chaussée Kennedy, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Chaussée Kennedy, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Notre-Dame-des-Flots, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Notre-Dame-des-Flots, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Façade, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm . © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Façade, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm . © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Rue Victor Hugo, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Rue Victor Hugo, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Église Notre Dame, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Église Notre Dame, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Place Caillard, 2009, colour photograph, 125 x 173.5 cm. © Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Place Caillard, 2009, colour photograph, 125 x 173.5 cm. © Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Rue Béranger, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch
Matthias KOCH (1967), Rue Béranger, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch

Works acquired in 2011 (5)

Manuela MARQUES (1959), Mirror 1, 2010, colour photograph, C-print, 103 x 129 cm. © Manuela Marques © Adagp, Paris, 2017
Thibaut CUISSET (1958), Untitled (Aubrac, Lozère), 2009-2010, photograph laminated on aluminum, 92 x 125 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Thibault Cuisset
Vincenzo CASTELLA (1952), Le Havre III, 2008-2010, colour photograph, C-print, 180 x 300 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Vincenzo Castella
Studio MARLOT & CHOPARD, Black Church # 9, 2007, colour photograph, C-print laminated on aluminum, 160 x 120 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Studio Marlot & Chopard
Matthias KOCH (1967), Chaussée Kennedy, 2009, C-print, 125 x 170 cm. © MuMa Le Havre / Matthias Koch