Frauke Eigen studied photography at the Royal College of Art in London, and began her career as a photojournalist working in Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Mexico and the Ukraine. Inspired by painters Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman, Franz Gertsch and Kasimir Malevich, Eigen reduces her subjects to the simplest forms, often to the point of abstraction. She searches for harmony and symmetry, that she often finds in imperfections, disruptions, irregularities in the lighting, breakages and confrontation with nature.
Eigen deliberately decides what small section of the scene she will present, and focuses in close to reveal detailed extracts. The subtle nuances in the surface textures are then further emphasized using super-matt photographic paper and a Japanese technique of laminating the prints with rice starch.
Her striking work has been exhibited internationally. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
Atlas Gallery is the exclusive representative of the Frauke Eigen in the UK.