Herlinde Koelbl’s “Targets”

July 22, 2014

In her photographic series “Targets”, Munich-based photographer Herlinde Koelbl explores what soldiers from different parts of the world are trained to see as the enemy when shooting their weapons for target practice. Koelbl strictly uses the images to comment on each location’s perception of an enemy with regards to their clothing, sex, and race. The locations depicted in each image include Mali, Afghanistan, Brazil, Germany, South Africa, and Austria with just as varied targets that range from men in suits to mannequins wearing hoodies and bandanas. A photobook of the images has been published by Prestel Publishing.

text by Canbra Hodsdon