Frank Thiel’s photographic work Perito Moreno (2012–2013) is characterised by an aesthetic and content-based interest in structures and architectures that are shaped by human civilisation and culture, and similarly charged with meaning. With these photographs, Thiel has erected a sort of photographic monument to glaciers of the Argentine part of the South Patagonian Ice Field. The works created in 2012 and 2013 feature the majestic shapes of the Perito Moreno glacier of some 200 km2 in size and 30 km in length; it is, in fact, one of the very few glaciers that is not melting. The large-format, highly detailed photographs stunningly showcase the beauty and grandeur of these glacier ice formations. By the same token, the fragility of the ice structure itself is a vivid reminder of the melting of the world’s glaciers and its repercussions.
Frank Thiel, born 1966, lives in Berlin, Germany.