The river Isar from mouth to source
For roughly 295 kilometers the river Isar runs from its source in the Karwendel mountain range of the Alps in Austria through Tyrol and upper and lower Bavaria in Germany until it meets with the Danube.
Away from the popular recreational areas and the pomp of Bavaria’s capital Munich, my interest lies in the ongoing transformation of the landscape, conducted by the river itself or by society. I document the forgotten and the ordinary, human traces in the constant process of reclamation by nature. Suburban non-places without history and identity have a communicative neglect within human landscapes. The absence of people in these photographs poses a question about the fleetingness of our intervention.
My project ‘295 Kilometers’ is the result of years of ranging the woods and fields along the river, wandering through its villages and cities and climbing the mountains surrounding its source. It is the result of searching for something I had in my mind but instead finding places and things I did not even look for.
Martin Friedrich, born 1975, is a photographer and filmmaker. He studied Photography at the Academy For Photographic Design in Munich. In his work he focuses on documentary and contemporary landscape projects. Mapping human interaction within the landscape is one of his main motifs. Exploring places to find their hidden stories and the traces those stories have left, his way of research uses both a long thinking process and a real hike to find undiscovered places and peculiarities.
His book ‘295 Kilometers’ was published by Another Place Press in 2022.
© Text and pictures by Martin Friedrich