La Mission Photographique Transmanche

Centre Régional de la Photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais

Solo exhibitions
2012 Im Zentrum der Geschwindigkeit
Galerie de la Corderie, Marcq-en-Baroeul, France
2010 Im Zentrum der Geschwindigkeit
Galerie Villa Ruh, Zingst, Germany
1998 Au Centre de la Vitesse
Foto Manifestatie, Eindhoven, Netherlands
1997 Au Centre de la Vitesse
Centre Régional de la Photographie Nord Pas-de-Calais, Douchy les Mines, France
1997 ART NTC
Doppelausstellung Wolfgang Zurborn - Fotografische Arbeiten, Justus Mandelaub - Gemälde
Neurologisches Therapiezentrum, Köln, Germany
1996 Im Labyrinth der Zeichen
Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg, Halle, Germany
Group exhibitions
2012 Voices of the Sea
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Calais, France
2011 Faites comme chez vous
Centre Régionlae de la Photographie Nord Pas de Calais, Douchy Les Mines, France
2007 Univers Industriel - Un parcours dans la collection du CRP
galerie de L'ancienne poste, Douchy-les-Mines, France
2003 Neuerwerbungen
Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg, Halle, Germany
2001 Luoghi Come Paesaggi
Museo di Fotografie Contemporanea, Milano; L'Ospitale, Rubiera, Italy
2000 Luoghi Come Paesaggi
Galleria degli Uffizi, Biblioteca Magliabechiana Florence; L'Ospitale, Rubiera, Italy
2000 160 ans de photographies
Musée des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle a Calais, France
1999 Paysage Urbains
École d’Architecture de Lille, France
1997 Susanne Greven, Maix Mayer, Wolfgang Zurborn
Fotografische Arbeiten
f • m • schwarz galerie, Köln, Germany
1996 Mission Photographique Transmanche - Im Zentrum der Geschwindigkeit
DuMont Kunsthalle, Köln, Germany
1996 10 Jahre Galerie Lichtblick
Photokina, Köln, Germany


Wolfgang Zurborn

Auslöser, Edition 1 - March 2019

by Niko Havranek & Sebastian Gansrigler

Interview by Niko Havranek & Sebastian Gansrigler with Wolfgang Zurborn on 28 pages with 24 images from the series “Frontgarden of Illusios”, “People Pictures - Picture People”, “LUsionen”, “dressur real”, “At the Centre of Speed”, " Drift", “Catch”, “In the Middle of the West” and “Karma Driver”


Zoom, Milan, Italie, March/April 1997

At the centre of speed

by Pierre Devin

The construction of the tunnel under the channel is the symbol of European construction and its territorial development. This development favours communications networks and high-speed exchanges. Those in power decided on just-in-time distribution for the communications logistics. Speed and just-in-time, to the point of saturation, have become the very attributes of the powers-that-be.

The abolition of the natural obstacle has inevitably brought about a banalization of the voyage itself, a cosmopolitan standardisation of the places of transit and even of the destinations, articulated in a language consisting of pictograms and elementary English. Like the „Transsiberian“, the „Simplon Orient Express“, or the „Etoile du Nord“, will Eurostar engender its own prose?

Wolfgang Zurborn was intrigued by this „compression“ of significations of the contemporary world at two moments which are themselves significative. On the one hand, the inauguration, which is conceived as a concerted and decisive moment. With the projection of the images and, if possible, other poetics – for a shuttle, fundamentally, is nothing more than an international subway – and on the other hand, the city of Europe which sees itself in permanence as a panorama of the continent, and which has thus taken on the form of a megamall. Could a better symbol have been imagined?

Strange reversal. Turner, in 1844, who for the first time, in his painting „Rain, steam and speed“ addressed himself to the train, had a presentiment of the change in perception of the world due to speed. A world of fugitive impressions that would be a revelation for Monet and Pissaro.

On the contrary, Wolfgang Zurborn, working around the central theme of the High Speed Train, spots the flow, just–in–time and, in the end, stripped of meaning, of the moving images in which we live. This ironic halt is eminently political. It is no longer the consumer, nor the amateur of art, who is concerned, but the citizen. He will need silence and time to think.

Translated by Nina Bogin


Im Zentrum der Geschwindigkeit

PHOTONEWS, 11/1996

by Denis Brudna

[…] Like digging in a historical-cultural sediment, Wolfgang Zurborn discovered with his camera all essential stratifications that describe the theme of the Eurotunnel, but it also documents the far more complicated cultural and social interconnections and contradictions … Zurborn’s pictures are indeed quite real and narrative, nevertheless, especially in the form of the picture collages, have a strong abstracting tendency. When looking at his work, it becomes obvious which position he personally refers to the idea of the tunnel. But his critical questioning of existing and newly created artificial urbanity is not lost in the mere accusation, but delivers serious conceptual approaches […]