Museum and Art Gallery
8 March - 5 May
Paul Hill FORMAT EXPOSURE Award
German photographer Andreas Meichsner has entered the fascinating and little-known world of product testing in his work »TUV: to the acid test«.
Meichsner documents the employees of TUV (the German Association for technical inspections) as they go about their daily business of testing and certifying the safety, performance and quality of technical equipment and consumer goods in laboratory conditions.
Andreas Meichsner is a 39-year-old German photographer living and working in Berlin. His work focuses on contemporary aspects of Western European society, in particular dealing with the seemingly increasing need for security and structure and its effect on people.
In 2000, after an apprenticeship as a carpenter and studies in architecture, Meichsner started Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover. Studying a semester at Hiroshima City University in 2003, he graduated from Hannover University in 2006.
Meichsner’s works are shown in exhibitions worldwide, including the Noorderlicht Festival in the Netherlands, Dubai and Singapore, f-stop Festival in Leipzig, Getxo Photo in Spain, Athens Photo Festival and Robert Morat Gallery Hamburg, as well as the screenings of the Rencontres and the Voies Off Festival in Arles. He has won several prizes and scholarships. His just recently published book Alles in Ordnung has won silver in the German Photography Book Award 2012.