Josh Kern is a photographer based in Essen, Germany. His work often illustrates the exuberance, ecstasy and anguish of youth. Shooting exclusively with analog film, his photographs carry a strong materiality. Kern obsessively documents the world around him, creating tender images, photobooks and expressively paint filled notebooks, recording the passage of time. He has published three books: Fuck Me (Dienacht, 2018), Love Me (Eigensinn, 2020) and Raüber (Eigensinn, 2021).
Reminiscent of the sketchbook work of Jim Goldberg and Ed Templeton, Josh Kern creates notebooks amalgamating photographs, drawing and writing, which seek to encapsulate personal experience and longing. Fascinated by the act of transference, of inviting another individual to think and feel as he does, Kern uses his notebooks as a way to communicate the ineffable sensation of living.
Q&A | Josh Kern
The following works are available as prints. The artworks are limited edition prints made from scans directly from the artists notebooks and diaries.
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