In the beginning of 2012, photographer Thomas Kellner received a surprising E-Mail from Yekaterinburg in the Russian Urals, to form a project with exhibition and book for the city’s anniversary in 2013, because Yekaterinburg was founded almost 300 years ago, by Georg Wilhem Henning, a Siegen Citizen. This was barely known and Thomas Kellner started his research and is now finalizing genius loci. …..
In 2013 Thomas Kellner photographed important companies and establishments in Siegerland and South-Westphalia in Germany and went several times to Russia to take pictures there from chosen regions and their industrial architecture.
These photographs will be published in the book “genius loci” to show the heretofore little-known connection between Siegen and the Russian Urals as well as the beauty of the respective industrial cultures. In the size of 12 x 10 inches and with approximately 120 pages the photo-book will tell us new and interesting facts about the industrial history of Siegen, the life of its native citizen Georg Wilhelm Henning and the work of Thomas Kellner as an artist. Approximately 30 images will portray the industrially important enterprises as representatives of their regions to show their connection to steel and metal.
Thomas Kellner is looking forward to familiarize the two regions, Siegen and the Russian Urals, with each other through this project both, economically and culturally, and to call the “genius loci” alias Georg Wilhelm Henning to mind.
Thank you for your help making this book possible.
Text: Essay by Artjem Berkovich, Dr. Andreas Bingener, Dr. Irina Chmyreva
Design: Marc Babenschneider, inspirit – graphicbureau
Photographs: approx. 30 in color
Size: approx. 12 x 10 inches
Retail price: 39.80 Euro
Publication date: 22 November 2013