Whether photographing buildings for his Facades or human faces for Pool Portraits, Roland Fischer isolates details, stripping away all other visual information to focus the viewer's attention on the individuality of his subject. His Façade series presents images of modern building faces cropped closely so that they read as abstract geometric patterning, their architectural origins obscured. By erasing all context in his monumental photographs, Fischer presents something pure and concentrated.
Born in 1958 in Saarbrücken, Fischer is a key figure in Contemporary German photography. Photo Technik International named him one of Germany's top ten photographers alongside Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth. His work has been the subject of many international exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Saarlandmuseum Saarbruecken, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, and Museo DA2 in Salamanca.
Fischer's work is held in numerous museum collections, including the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich, Fonds National d'Art Contemporain in Paris (FNAC), Fondation Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg, d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst in Antwerp, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Leon (MUSAC), Saarland Museum Saarbrücken, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich, and the Sammlung Thyssen-Bornemisza, Salzburg.
Fischer lives and works in Munich, Germany, and Beijing, China.