Schulz encontrou na Academia de Dusseldorf a formação orientada para a rigorosa fotografia documental, de traço arquivista, vinda de Bernd e Hilla Becher e a edição de imagens por computador deThomas Ruff. Esses procedimentos e estratégias, presentes na série, combinados com elementos reais recriam uma estranha paisagem ordenada por intensa carga formal e cromática.
Josef Schulz is a “photographer” of modern warehouses and factories – trite industrial buildings that nobody would want to consider to be of any major architectural interest. All over the world these buildings are mass-produced, built for all kinds of industrial production processes using identical plans and blueprints. Their exteriors offer no hint whatsoever of the specific purposes for which they are used, their façades vary only in terms of the materials selected – all of them pre-fabricated, such as slabs of concrete, corrugated sheet metal and other cheap building materials.
He reverses the photographic process by reducing the physical buildings to their design concepts and the photographically “real” picture to its original “virtual” one. By doing so, Josef Schulz distances himself from the “objectivity” of photography and shows that pictures are always the construct of the visual power of imagination of the artist. Edited statement by Thomas Ruff