Axl Klein

Germany 1971


Axl Klein
Axl Klein
March 29, 2016

Axl Klein studied at the Saarland University and since 2005, he has been working as a freelance photographer, focusing on commercial photography. With Martin Repplinger who does all the post-production, he works under the name Black Bus. In collaboration with Amnesty International, he did a series of 55 portraits of various german celebrities, where he captured the exact moment when they felt anger. It is true that the eyes are the mirror of the soul, and when people get angry the overflow of the emotion can be seen in their eyes. Pupils get dilated, lips are shut tight, eyes get watery. For to feel anger one must let go of the control, and sometimes it is the need for control that causes the emotion in the first place.

Axl Klein - Wrath series Anke Engelke (left), Thomas (right), 2013, photo credits
Axl Klein – Wrath series Anke Engelke (left) / Thomas (right), 2013

We are What We Do

Axl Klein has been making commercial photography for years, but in his personal focus are the intimate relationships people make with their environment, work or themselves. To be in touch with the inner self is what makes us fully aware of the world around us. For his second project, called the Workspace, Axl has been photographing ordinary people at their place of work and managed to capture how their profession is shaping their life. There are scenes from the surgical rooms, workshops, scenes of nature from farming sites and the people in them are the ones who tell the story with their unique posture, smile, content or uneasiness that can be spotted in facial expressions.

Axl has been photographing ordinary people at their place of work

Axl Klein - Schrotthaendler (detail), 2011, photo credits
Axl Klein – Schrotthaendler (detail), 2011

Wrath is one of the Seven Deadly Sins

Klein’s project Wrath that he did for charity under Amnesty International was inspired by the words of Mahatma Gandhi. Where there is anger, there is energy, and it is in our power to change how we are going to use that energy. It can be interpreted by the laws of physics, where we can not destroy the energy, we can’t annul it, we can just change its form. When we accumulate the anger inside we have the power to change the world. It is just that instead of unleashing the fury we have to unleash the filtered force, the positive one that can have an impact.

Klein’s new work features moving images also

Authentic Anger

This talented artist, creative in his ideas, it also creative in his method. When he made pictures for Wrath (Zorn) he created an unusual surrounding. Playing the music of heavy metal band Slayer, he stood up just a few centimeters from the people and snapped one photo after the other. He made portraits of celebrities because they have the reputation of only mimicking their feelings. However, in the case of Klein’s project, the emotions were as genuine as they can get. All the earnings from the book will go to the charity, and it is really true that anger can have a positive impact and be used for the good cause in social change.

Axl Klein lives and works in Quierschied, Saarbrücken, Germany.

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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014ZornWeltkulturerbe Volklinger HutteSolo