Exhibition: August 19 – October 8, 2017
Reception on Saturday, August 26, 4-6pm

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is pleased to present The Dresden Project by Fredrik Marsh. The photographs capture a delicate time of transition in former East German cities, just before many diachronic apartments, called “Altbauwohnungen,” were gutted and renovated to make room for a newer, Western lifestyle. These striking images allow for one more brief celebration of these well-worn walls that range from graceful grandeur to ingeniously personal efforts of home beautification. In their abandoned states, these once private spaces are heavy with the suggested presence of their inhabitants. A faint echo of home still rings from these walls, fragile and violated through the churning of time. Under the careful guidance of the artist, we are allowed to take one last look at the dilapidated interiors, rich with delicate wallpaper patterns and neglectful abandon.

During a three-month artist residency in Dresden, Germany in 2002 and over the next four subsequent summers, I explored the city and its outskirts, finding myself increasingly drawn towards photographing empty structures overlooked in the rebuilding, reconstruction, and renewal process still underway. Encountered during these many extended walks throughout the now familiar city, my efforts concentrated on photographing the detritus of human culture discovered in the decaying interior spaces of vacant factories, abandoned apartments, and hotel rooms. The Dresden Project demonstrates the juxtapositions and ironies still abundant in the post-Socialist world, showing the old and the new as well as the grandeur and the decay of these once-majestic buildings.


Fredrik Marsh was born in Quantico, VA.  He attended the Ohio State University, earning a BFA in Photography in 1980 and MFA in Printmaking in 1984. Recipient of a 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Marsh has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1978, most recently in Cleveland, Houston, Odense, Rio de Janeiro, Salzburg and San Francisco. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Cleveland Museum of Art, George Eastman House, LA County Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography/Columbia College Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts–Houston, and Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle, among others. Marsh has taught photography at various colleges and universities since 1985, most recently for The Ohio State University and for the University of Georgia Studies Abroad in Cortona, Italy Program. He lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.

The exhibition The Dresden Project by Fredrik Marsh will be on view in juxtaposition with Carla Shapiro’s new series To Capture A Shadow. Both exhibitions may be viewed from Saturday, August 19 through Sunday, October 8, 2017. CPW galleries are free & open to the public Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm and by appointment. Please note that special hours apply during the holidays. CPW is located at 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, New York 12498.

Banner image: Fredrik Marsh, Abandoned Apartment, Buchenstraße, 2005 (detail)

Image in the slideshow are shown uncropped, courtesy of Fredrick Marsh ©2017