RECOM ART PHILOSOPHY | PHOTODESIGN AND TECHNIQUE |
It all began in 1986, when Thomas Saalfrank and Michael Fritz set off on their own path. First they improvised with a lot of hard work and began offering the best black & white prints you could get around Stuttgart. Since then, the two-man show has grown into a mixed team of nine. The new recom is based on a factory site in Ostfildern – modern, functional and yet individual, like a creative workshop should be.
As before, enlargements are made and traditional pieces are created. Black & white conversions, scans and system modifications continue to be the order of the day. One could say that these are the daily exercises which maintain a confident degree of expertise. In describing the day-to-day business activities as well as the increased range of services provided, Michael Fritz explains that ‘Through the experience of working with various ranges of materials and techniques – as well as the influence of a varied gathering of dedicated employees – recom today is concerned with an important bit more’.
The focus is no longer restricted to image editing and processing but rather focuses on image formation as a whole. Through intensive contact with photographers and other creative people, recom wants to search for and travel down uncharted paths. We have taken it as our goal to actively influence and improve the creative process of making pictures. recom not only wants to produce, but rather to increase the possibilities of what can be achieved. The aim is to create new pictorial worlds that can emerge through the combination of advancing electronic media with old photographic methods. Ultimately, recom wants to pose questions and challenge expectations.
recom is firmly connected and commited to photography. Away from clumsy simulation of screen to print, we aim for a synthesis of media – the combination of tried and true with new and improved. Thus with this in mind, our process is not solely dependent on new technology, but rather about learning new ways of seeing and thinking outside the frame (so to speak) – this is the lens with which we view our process. In this sense we see ourselves as a kind of workshop, experimental laboratory, witch’s cauldron, test bench – a place where everything is allowed – save for eye blinkers! We leave no stone unturned and relish the prospect that any new technology or seemingly absurd idea could be the key to allowing an idea to flourish. Maybe we are dreamers, but we have our fucking fun with it!