It was already as a child that Achim Koerfer (born in 1969) was fascinated by the boundless possibilities of Photography. At the early age of 8, he started acquiring various photographic techniques in the course of playful experimentation. In succeeding years, he developed a self-taught method involving in situ multiple exposures on film which became his signature technique and the salient feature of his work to date. He trained his memory to grasp the motifs he superimposes, one upon the other on film, down to the last detail. In this fashion, what appear to be chance compositions at first glance, reveal themselves to be complex images specifically designed to appeal to the beholder on manifold levels, manifesting compelling consistency and expressive power. With a discreet degree of subsequent digital processing, Koerfer sets the tone, lifting the barriers between Photography and Painting to draw the beholder into his world.
Achim Koerfer is arguably one of the best-known socio-critical artists in Germany earnestly addressing topical and pressing social issues. He employs his photo sequences to decry social ills in terms of captivatingly novel and unique imagery whose uncompromising beauty nonetheless polarizes and elicits liberating debate to encourage the beholder to rethink his own position. Koerfer is not one to content himself with simply condemning social evils from a stance of alleged moral superiority. He is of the deep personal conviction that each and every one of us should do his part and take action to make a better world and aid the underprivileged. For him it is a matter of deep personal commitment to place his art and his efforts in the service of charitable organizations, as he has been doing for years.