Claus Stolz

“Sun #175”


The early photographic works were called heliographs. That was a long time ago, but they still exist, so to speak, literally carried to extremes in my special photographic works. It is all about long time exposures to the sun—traces of solar energy burnt into film material through self-constructed devices and lenses with a diameter of up to one meter. I think this is the most radical form of analog photography. I do not focus my cameras on objects illuminated by the sun, but put the focus on the light source itself. During an exposure time of a few seconds up to several hours, the radiation eats its way into the film material and thus destroys it—not completely, but close. Time as well as energies leave their traces and as such become visible and real: Unique worlds of various colors and finest internal sketches originate within the burst, melted or crystallized layers of film. We see direct unobstructed wall drawings of grotesque monster heads, bizarre grimaces, meter-high cell rosettes and surreal formations. I studied fine art in Germany, where I am still living. My works have been shown by various museums, art fairs and art associations in Europe and Asia.

Selected by Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum.