Confronting the modern issue that we are constantly surrounded by billions of mindless images, Boris von Brauchitsch (b. 1963) is bringing moderation back to modern photography in his latest book, 9.
As Von Brauchitsch explains, “the risks of creating superfluous images run highest when travelling”. Leading by example, he embarked on mission to travel around Europe, allowing himself a maximum of nine photographs per location, making sure “every new picture taken must make one hundred others obsolete”.
Encapsulating the entirety of a place in nine images is obviously impossible. Because of this, Boris von Brauchitsch homes in on a particular aspect or quirk of each place he visits such as the tree stumps of Carrizal or the bottle cap-littered gutters of Hamburg. Working like this gives us as a fascinating and unfiltered insight into the renowned photographer’s thought process. Being shown the nine things von Bauchitsch deemed interesting enough to photograph is like looking at a very focused contact sheet, which gives us a unique look into a photographer’s eye.
Each photograph is placed in a strict three by three square grid, of which the book is made up. Each page contains a new grid detailing a new location, along with a contextualising piece of text. Whilst the grid is an interesting viewing platform which nicely binds the nine images together, ironically, the format is reminiscent an Instagram profile – perhaps an intentional sneer at modern photography’s sidekick.