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Approaching Kai Tak Airport (Hong Kong, 1984) Photograph - Limited Edition of 18

Markus Leiste


Photography, Digital on Paper

Size: 39.4 W x 27.6 H x 0.1 D in

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The artwork shows an airplane shortly before landing at Hong Kong's old airport Kai Tak in 1984 Kai Tak was situated right in the center of Hong Kong's Kowloon district. The airport was permanently shut down in1998 when the new airport outside the city center opened. Landing on Kai Tak was a special experience for pilots and passengers alike as the airport was surrounded by office and apartment buildings. The planes were flying very low over these buildings before touching down on the runway, which was surrounded by water on three sides. Pilots needed special permits to be allowed to land at Kai Tak Airport. “With numerous skyscrapers and mountains located to the north and its only runway jutting out into Victoria Harbour, landings at the airport were dramatic to experience and technically demanding for pilots. The History Channel program Most Extreme Airports ranked it as the 6th most dangerous airport in the world.” (Wikipedia) Medium: Archival pigment print on UV-resistant, premium photo paper. Light-fast for more than 200 years. Each print has an integrated white border around the actual image for easy framing and is part of a limited edition series of 18 prints (plus 2 artist proofs), 15 of which are available on Saatchi Art. Signed and numbered on verso. Not mounted.

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Photography:Digital on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:18

Size:39.4 W x 27.6 H x 0.1 D in

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Born in Germany. Got his first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, on his 6th birthday from his parents. Ever since, he has been hooked on photography. Even while pursuing his studies of Art History and Literature, his true passion has always been the creative process itself -- the actual making of an artwork, instead of only writing or discussing about it. After his student years in France and California, he relocated to Berlin, Germany in the early 1990ies, right after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1998, he returned to southern California before moving back to Berlin in 2004. Between 2009 and 2013 working and living in Hong Kong. From there moving on to the Provence region in the south of France. Currently living with his wife Sarah, a painter, in the Montpellier area. Some thoughts on the images seen on Saatchi Art: “I first define a project and then create a series of photos for this project. The style of photography has to suit the topic and is therefore different each time. For example, for the series “South of California”, I used a colorful style that reflects the bright and beautiful light, which exists in southern California and Mexico. For “French Connections”, I used a different, vintage kind of look as this series is also meant to be a hommage to French inventors like Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Daguerre, who are considered the creators of photography, and other Frenchmen that contributed ground-breaking work in the development of modern photography and film (e.g. the brothers August and Louis Lumière for motion pictures).”

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