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I am a photographer living in New York. Previously I lived in Berlin and Tokyo. The culture and history of the places where I live inspire my projects.    

For more information, please email me at:  

k.c.koppers at live dot nl 


The Berlin War Projects (Sphairagrams, Berlin Scrolls and Streetscapes) are each about Berlin and its traces of war, but deal with this topic in different ways.
    Sphairagrams takes bulletholes as its main focus and presents itself in the form of a (mock)catalogue. There are 33 sphairagrams in total. This project proposes to look at the walls marked by bulletholes on Museum Island as if they were part of an exhibition.
I am currently working on a tabloid newspaper version of the catalogue which will include an essay by philosopher Silvia Mazzini.
    Berlin Scrolls are Asian scrolls with blind walls as background patterns and Asian-looking scenes, all photographed in Berlin, based on “kigo” (Japanese season words used in haiku and scrolls) in the foreground. In this project I explore the possibility of seeing these walls in the light of Japanese aesthetic ideas. 
There are 20 scrolls, each is 1 m (3,28 ft) long and about 30 cm (12 in) wide.
    Streetscapes focuses on buildings that disappeared in Berlin during the war. Each streetscape, there are 7, consists of a collage of several photographs each of an old building next to a new one. A new building signifies one that has disappeared. The muted, traditional prewar houses are flanked by more colorful new buildings. A previously homogeneous looking cityscape has changed into something more diverse and colorful, analogous to German society as a whole.

The Berlin Scrolls presented above are titled: Autumn (Bugs/Grave Visit), Spring (Sparrow), Summer (Upside Down Jellyfish) and Summer (Jellyfish).












Hunter-Gatherer (Shibuya Crossing, Alexanderplatz, Columbus Circle), started out with photographs I took in Tokyo of random people at the famous crossing. I later expanded the series with photographs taken in new hometowns Berlin and New York. Through these collages I am trying to connect to people in my new surroundings. 
Written in Japanese along the side are the date and place. The Japanese text enhances the initial impression that these photographs are traditional water colors. Does the viewer’s perception change after the realisation that these are not imagined persons?
The collages of people huddled together in squares has taken on a new light since the pandemic and the protests in the US.
There are 15 collages and photographs of 70 by 50cm.

Quarantination is still a work in progress. 

The Shanghai photo series focuses on a way of life that is disappearing from the city as old neighborhoods make way for new high-rise buildings.

20 Seasons (Memories of Tokyo) are double exposed pinhole photographs. They are photographic reflections on the years that I lived there. They depict Shibuya Crossing at noon with sakura and Akasaka with Hamarikyu's 300-year-old pine. This series received an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards in 2017.

A selection of the Agnus series also received an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards in 2017. The series is about lambs from an island in the North Sea.


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