Matthias Hoch comes from the strong tradition of architectural photography, a tradition as long as that of photography itself. Based in Leipzig he has been exploring the ubiquitous formal language of modern European urban development. Through his images of buildings, interiors, exteriors and details he views the built object as social art, reflecting a concrete historical situation.
Objects, be they buildings or office chairs, are observed precisely and with a keen sense of surface. The views he presents seem virtually impossible to localize. They document Hoch’s critical, analytical approach to the space around us, yet they also exhibit a distinctive sculptural quality.
Matthias Hoch (*1958 in Radebeul) studied photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig. Solo exhibitions include Museum Kurhaus Kleve (2013), Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco (2011), Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm (2010), Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Aachen (2006), Lindenau-Museum Altenburg (2005), and Kunsthalle Bremen (2002). He has participated in group shows at Fotomuseum Winterthur (2013), Berlinische Galerie (2012), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2009), and Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (2008).
In 2013 he was a recipient of the Goethe-Institut's Villa Kamogawa scholarship in Kyoto, Japan. In 2003 he won the German Academy Villa Massimo scholarship in Rome.
His work is included in such public collections as Berlinische Galerie, Kunsthalle Bremen, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Pinakothek der Moderne München, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.