Martin Luther – Traces of his Life
This book offers a new look through the photographer’s eye at the well-trodden traces of Martin Luther’s life. The traditional stations of Luther’s life are given their due – but not simply as picture-postcard motifs: their memorial value is revealed in architectural details, in the atmosphere of the landscapes, in timeless moods.
Old alleyways seem to echo with the footsteps of the Latin scholar in Mansfeld or the student in Erfurt. The reader can envisage the medieval traveller in the images of roads that Luther travelled 500 years ago. Portraits by Wittenberg painter Cranach and historical paintings of later eras illustrate biographical incidents, giving a face to Luther’s companions and opponents and a vivid impression of the places where the events took place.
The text is closely linked to the images. It is not didactic; it tells Luther’s story and motivates the reader to reflect on the man, his work and his time. Across the centuries, the interested reader will find much that is familiar.