Following his last book Once A Year (Steidl, 2013), Dusk is another step on Axel Hoedt’s exploration of carnival culture, this time once again in southwestern Germany but also on to Austria and Switzerland.
Hoedt’s shows us a view that is a twist on the traditional clichéd view of carnival. There’s a beautifully eerie tone, some even edge towards the macabre in this parade of earnest, clean and crisp characters. This is still-life full of lives lived in black & white, studio, rural and urban settings. This is a celebration – before the dark of winter – das ist karneval.