This work is AP1 from the sold-out edition of 5 + 1 AP.
While architecture is a predominant subject in Van der Salm's photographs, he is not interested in capturing the reality of a building or its function. He instead challenges our conditioned ways of looking by exploring the interplay between real and unreal, specific and generic, focus and blur, as well as emptiness and over-population. Of the present work, Liesbeth Decan writes, 'The subject of Spot (2000), for example, is an enormous hotel. This melting image balances somewhere on the boundary between abstraction and figuration. The view is once again confronted with a dubious familiarity.' ('Between a State of Desertion and Overpopulation', Frank van der Salm, 2005, p.13)
Van der Salm's work has been exhibited internationally in dozens of solo and group shows, notably the Venice Biennale in 2001, Netherlands Now at Maison Européene de la Photographie in 2006, and The Spectacular City at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam in 2007. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and his works are held in both private, corporate and institutional collections, including Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, and LaSalle National Bank, Chicago. He lives and works in Delft.