The nature of photography is to compress its subject into a static two-dimensional image that exists outside of time. Removed from its original context, history, or future, any object placed before the lens is permanently merged together with its immediate environment at the moment the shutter is released. The image that results is seemingly whole and self-contained, but can never convey the experience of the actual moment it depicts.
Through the accumulation and careful selection of these compressed fragments, Annkathrin Pfaffendorfs photography recontextualizes these moments back into the clear description of a life lived. Using the camera as a journal her photos depict a way of seeing that is able to capture the intimacy, beauty, and potential for transcendence that exist in each moment of our everyday lives.
Annkathrin holds a degree in photography from the Munich University of Applied Sciences and has done independent studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in Chicago.