‘Golden Giant is part of a picture series from photographer Joachim Schmeisser which received the renowned 2012 Hasselblad Award in the wildlife category. At photokina 2016, a large-format portrait of a mighty elephant will impress at the Hahnemühle booth in hall 3.1, A25. The outstanding print on Hahnemühle German Etching with its fine texture captivates the character and soul of the animal. It truly appears to be standing right in front of the onlooker in the flesh.
For the privilage to show ‘Golden Giant’ at photokina, Hahnemühle will donate the profit of the sale of sample packs to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.
Sample packs are ideal for obtaining an overview over the more than 30 Hahnemühle papers and canvas. You can choose between packs with smooth, textured or glossy surface. Each sample pack comprises 12 to 16 sheets (six to eight kinds) in the A4 format and is available for €5. At the previous photokina, Hahnemühle also donated the profits from the sale of sample packs to the environmental project, ‘Stella Polaris – Ulloriasuaq’. That year more than €10,000 was donated to the remarkable project.
Since 2009, Joachim Schmeisser has been supporting the Wildlife Trust by selling or auctioning pictures of elephant orphans. “I have been working in the fine art printing area for many years and the Hahnemühle papers were well known to me right from the start,” states Schhmeisser. “Therefore, I particularly look forward to the cooperation at photokina. Hahnemühle’s German Etching or William Turner papers, are my preferred material. The texture of this paper corresponds extremely well with the elephant’s skin structure and provides the pictures an incredible depth.”
The exhibition print was created by the ‘Druckstudio Immagis’ in Munich, Jürgen Schmeisser and Hahnemühle thank the studio for the perfect print.
For more than 30 years, now, the David Sheldrick Trust has been running a rescue station for elephant orphans in the Nairobi National Park. Professional keepers take care of traumatised elephant babies whose parents were killed due to the ivory trade. The elephant orphans are bottle-fed. In the community of elder pups, they learn social behaviour. Only when the animals are old enough to join a herd they are released back into the wild.
Hahnemühle produces paper since 1584 and is the oldest German paper mill for artist papers. Besides traditional artist papers digital FineArt papers for inkjet prints are part of the portfolio today. The development and manufacture of technical specialty papers for industrial and research is another priority. Headquartered in Dassel and with offices in the UK, France, USA and China, Hahnemühle employs around 180 people.