Gerhard Stochl: Skateboarders 1996 - 2006
Berlin, Germany

New York photographer Gerhard Stochl explores the relationship between skateboarding and the city at Berlin's Circleculture Gallery from June 30th to July 31st.

Miami, Sao Paulo, Vienna, and New York City are only a few of the stops on Gerhard Stochl's journey through the world of skateboarding. His job as a photographer for top skateboarding magazines in the United States and Europe has offered him the opportunity to document the sport's cultural spread across the globe.

Born in Vienna, he now resides in Manhattan, where he shoots for magazines like i-D and Dazed & Confused, does commercial work for Nike, DC Shoes, Carhartt Europe and Zoo York.

Stochl's show at Circleculture Gallery presents a composition of 40 works in black and white as well as color, taken on three continents over the last decade. He includes both the stars of the scene, and the unknowns that he's discovered on faraway, always special, corners of the world.

The show appeals to both "hardcore skaters" as well as those showing a growing interest in a sport that is now featured regularly on network television. The artist's work emphasizes the special relationship between skateboarders and their urban surroundings. Stochl's skill lies in combining landscape, architecture and tricks to present a complete work of art. In doing so, he consciously separates himself from most of skateboarding photography.

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Skateboarders 1996 - 2006 by Gerhard Stochl at Circleculture Gallery from June 30th - July 31st, Mo - Fr 12 - 6 pm.
Opening: June 29th.

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