Bernhard Fuchs, a photographer now working in Dusseldorf, Germany, intensively documented the landscapes surrounding his native Helfenberg, Austria, for a series of 11-by-11-inch color prints now making its American debut. Fuchs’ photographs bear some resemblance to the unpopulated woodland imagery of Terri Weifenbach recently shown in D.C. But whereas Wiefenbach’s scattershot panorama of dull green-and-beige foliage was vaguely ominous, one can discern Fuchs’ distinct fondness for his selected locations in his sharper, brighter portrayals—and his patience for opportune moments, when the landscape is shrouded by fog or blanketed by snow. While Fuchs’ images, like Weifenbach’s, are devoid of people, they don’t portray virgin territory; signs of human inhabitance, from footpaths to tire tracks to roadside snow poles, permeate the collection. Indeed, despite the preponderance of nature, some of Fuchs’ most poetic visuals come from roadways, which either disappear into sharp points at the horizon line or swoop gracefully out of the frame.
“BERHNARD FUCHS: ROADS AND PATHS” IS ON VIEW 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M. MONDAY TO THURSDAY AND 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. FRIDAY TO MARCH 19 AT GOETHE-INSTITUT, 812 7TH ST. NW. FREE. (202) 289-1200.