Matthias Koch

Dover Museum (archives)
Flights over Dover

Matthias Koch studied Architecture and Fine Arts with Professor Heinrich Riebeseh at the University of Hannover and Art with Photography at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany where he was in the master class of Professor Bernd Becher graduating with Honours. From 1998 – 2000 he was lecturer in the faculty of Fine Arts at the Fachhochschule in Hannover and from 2006 – 2008 at the University Niederrhein in Krefeld, Germany.

He uses two distinctive methodologies to take incredibly detailed, oblique-angled panoramic photographs of key historical sites:

1. an adapted fire engine with a camera attached to the end of the ladder.

2. a photo-drone.

He describes the results: “the slight aerial view provides a different view of details and a more interestingly detached perspective than a ground level photograph … At the same time, the perspective isn’t so high that these would take on the appearance of surveillance”.

Associated Museum: Dover Museum (archives)

Associated Project: Flights over Dover

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Dover Museum (archives)

One of the oldest museums in Kent (and the largest in the district), Dover Museum traces the development of the historic town and port of Dover.The addition of the major Dover Bronze Age Boat Gallery recounts the excavation and preservation of the Dover Boat – the world’s oldest known seagoing boat – alongside exploring major themes of the Bronze Age using artefacts, replicas, models, video, computer interactives, microscopes and hands-on exhibits. The first floor of the museum is devoted to a special exhibition which changes annually. The Museum offers a comprehensive research and picture library for local and regional study and houses amongst other resources, archives on the Cinque Port Pilots, Channel swimming and shipping and mining in Kent.
Further information can be found at:  www.dovermuseum.co.uk

Associated Artist: Matthias Koch
Associated Project: Flights over Dover

Flights over Dover

I decided to face this sad and difficult theme of World War One in Dover in the exhibition title, taking aerial pictures of views and sites in Dover, which were important in WW I. Of course, Dover seems to look different these days, but the structure of the town hasn’t changed much in 100 years. In the other direction of time, big changes in the town are expected to happen in the next few years, particularly around the Burlington House area as well as the harbour with the nice marina and the Prince of Wales Pier. Matthias Koch

Associated Artist: Matthias Koch

Associated Museum: Dover Museum (archives)