Der Greif is a project for contemporary photography and literature with a focus on photography. It addresses itself to people with an affinity for image and text.
Der Greif is a print-magazine, online-platform, curatorial team and joint project for and with photographers and authors from all over the world.
The artistic core and root of the project is the printed and ad-free magazine. It shows the works of photographers and authors of different origins in a holistic piece of art.
The website is an exhibition-, communication-, and information-platform for participants and anyone interested. It contains information about the magazine, published artists and supporters, an online-shop, as well as a blog. Participating artists are presented in artist-features and have the opportunity to post on the blog.
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The main principle of the magazine is based on combining photographic and literary works of different artists. Here, single photographs texts are combined by the editors of Der Greif and put into a new context. The individual issues don’t have any predetermined subjects – but rather develop their respective theme during the curatorial phase. The combination and the resulting complete work (which is more book than magazine) are core and distinctiveness of Der Greif. Thus the magazine is no portfolio-magazine, but evolves from an abundance of works of various artists.
The magazine is produced in large format (24,5 x 34,5 cm) and has a limited print run of 2000 copies, each numbered. Since its creation, interest and attention, as well as circulation have grown steadily. For the fifth, most recent issue, around 600 photographers and authors from 41 countries submitted over 4000 works. Der Greif is amongst athors available at Printed Matter in New York, at Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, at DoYouReadMe? in Berlin, as well as at Buchhandlung Walther König in Cologne and in the Museumsquartier in Vienna.
Curation & Layout
For the alert viewer the intense examination and sensitive curation of the submitted works becomes apparent. This forms the basic atmosphere of the magazine. Due to its layout, the physical exhibition space of the magazine opens a plane for the viewer to focus on the sensitive interaction between the photographs and texts. Questions concerning authorship, topics or theoretical discourse intended by the artists are replaced by the emotions of the viewer. A new space is born: A world of phantasy, opened up by the artwork Der Greif through its newly combined content. The viewer fills the magazine with his own, ever new emotions – a one-of-a-kind aura is created.
Photographers and authors from all parts of the world submit their works via the upload-form on our website. After registration, each participant gets access to his account, so he is able to access, edit, delete or change his works during submission-phases. As the issues don’t focus on predetermined subjects, photographs and texts of all kinds can be submitted.
Claudio Ricci, SIMON KARLSTETTER, MATTHIAS LOHSCHEIDT, LEON KIRCHLECHNER
Felix von Scheffer and Simon Karlstetter founded the magazine Der Greif in July 2008.
At the moment, the editorial team consists of Simon Karlstetter, Leon Kirchlechner and Matthias Lohscheidt. Claudio Ricci is concerned with issues as economics, calculation and strategy. Florian Kreier is consulting the team, and joining in when working on new issues. Together, they constantly develop concept and content of the magazine.
The team is also giving workshops and lectures about their way of curating, editing and working between digital and analog worlds. For inquiries concerning workshops and lectures, please use our contact form.
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Simon mainly deals with communication and acquisition, and, together with Leon, is also responsible for the curation and layout of the magazine. He maintains an overview of the magazine, knows about necessary developments and keeps the team together.
Leon, together with Simon, is curator and editor of the magazine. Besides that he cares about distribution, finances and legal matters. He brings in his experience from his own work as photographer and continually engages with different modes of curation and editing. With patience and attention to detail he’s always keeping an eye on upholding constant quality.
Matthias is concerned with all technical issues regarding the website and the upload-area. His programming-skills finally enabled us to administrate and handle the big number of submissions we receive, and establish the basis for a smooth online-appearance. Besides that, he keeps an eye on technical developments in the web in order to adapt them for new concepts of the magazine where required.
Claudio deals with the economic part of Der Greif. He aims to execute all organisational and administrative tasks in order to cover his partners so they can concentrate exclusively on their artistic work. Besides, he collectively develops ideas and concepts for a future development of the project.
Together, the four form the core-team which is concerned with and works on the magazine on a daily basis.
The poet Lydia Daher expanded the literature-team for issue 4 and 5, curated text-submissions for both issues and gave important impulses, Elena Koktanek helped curating the photography submissions for issue 2 and 3, and Felix von Scheffer was working until issue 3 on certain design- and curatorial parts.
Radio and TV
»Online und Print scheinen im Magazin-Bereich eine unerwartete, fast schon harmonische, Symbiose einzugehen. Und dennoch: Das Bedürfnis nach dem anachronistischen Print-Magazin scheint nach wie vor zu bestehen. Bestes Beispiel: das Augsburger Foto-Magazin »Der Greif«.«
Deutschlandfunk, 11 FEBRUARy 2011 | Listen
»Sie zeigen einer depressiven Branche, was im Digital-Zeitalter noch geht: Vier junge Zeitschriftenmacher haben ihr eigenes Magazin entwickelt. »Der Greif« ist ein Heft für Fotografen, Journalisten und Designer. Und ein Erfolg.«
on3 Südwild, 25. November 2011 | Watch Video
»Der Greif« funktioniert, weil er Fotografie wieder auf das Maß menschlicher Größe hievt. Er schafft Bildern, egal ob schön, belanglos, tragisch oder spannend, wieder Raum und schenkt ihnen Zeit. Das Durchblättern des Magazins, mit seinem großen, matten, rauen Papier ist ein haptischer Genuss. Das ist selten geworden. Das macht das Magazin so besonders.«
fm4 ONLINE, 26 SEPTEMBER 2009 | Read Article
Der Greif ist aber vor allem: anders. Anders als die meisten Foto-Magazine.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 25 JunE 2011 | READ ARTICLE
Es macht Spaß, im neuen »Greif« zu blättern, und fast jede Seite möchte man sich gerahmt an die Wand hängen.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 3 JULY 2009 | READ ARTICLE
Die Finanzierung des »Greif« über Sponsoren und Verkäufe ist nicht zuletzt der Versuch und Vorschlag eines besseren Geschäftsmodells.
a3 Kultur, 6. März 2011 | Read Article
[…] ein Fotomagazin, das sehr gefeiert wird.
Spiegel Online, 15 January 2013 | READ POST
Liebevoll bis ins Detail, poetisch in den Texten, international in der Fotokunst.
Art Berlin, 7 November 2012 | READ POST
Viele tolle Fotografen lassen sich im Literatur- und Fotomagazin »Der Greif« entdecken. Darunter sind vielsprechende, noch weniger bekannte Nachwuchstalente, aber auch schon anerkannte Fotografen.
page online, 14 March 2011 | READ Post
Durch das Magazin zu blättern ist wie auf Reisen zu gehen. Die Poesie führt einen zusammen mit den Fotografien in fremde Gefilde.
Slanted.de, 18 January 2012 | Read post
Angetreten um eine Utopie wahr werden zu lassen. Ein Printprodukt, völlig werbefrei, Qualitätsinhalt, Mix aus Photographie und Literatur, und das Ganze im Jetzt. Der Greif!
ausgelesen – Blog, 21 FEBRUARy 2011 | READ Post
My favourite magazine at the moment is Der Greif, a stunning large-format contemporary photography publication, based in Germany.
booooooom.COM, Vancouver, 27 NOVEMBER 2012 | READ POST
Not only is this magazine completely advert-free, its choc-a-block with inviting content designed in a clean, fresh format. This magazine is one to look out for – a real winner that seriously explores with depth the “absurd glamour in our perfectly-polished environments.”
ITSNICETHAT.COM, LONDON, 17 November 2012 | READ POST
The latest issue of Der Greif officially features one of the best magazine cover images of 2011.
itsnicethat.com, London, 19 March 2011 | READ Post
A triumph from large-format photography and literature magazine Der Greif [,…]. An excellent verbal and visual tour, as guided by these German entrepreneurs.
itsnicethat.com, London, LONDON, 21 JANUARy 2012 | Read Post
However, they treat the physical publication more as a book than a classic magazine. By choosing a unique format, high-quality paper and not running any advertisements in the publication, every issue becomes a truly collectible item.
Dossier Journal, NY, 20 FEBRUARy 2011 | READ Post
These talented Germans believe in their labour as love, and occasionally put out strange and amazing special issues. […] Rarely do I see such attention to detail. Print ain’t dead!
Canadian Magazines Canadiens, 2 NOVEMBER 2011 | Read Post