Fascinated by the pipe organs he grew up surrounded by in Germany, photographer Robert Götzfried‘s new series Pipes captures the grandeur of these musical instruments. To complete the work, he obtained permission to enter 20 Catholic churches in Southern Germany and photograph the behemoths.
The pipe organ can be traced back to Ancient Greece, and by the 9th century had become established at the de facto instrument of church music. Through the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the pipe organ was continually refined and elaborate designs solidify its status not just as an instrument, but a work of art.
Götzfried’s images, when viewed collectively, speak to the unique beauty of the church instrument. The variety of shapes and styles is astounding. Framed in isolation, Götzfried’s photographs highlight the elegant lines of each pipe organ, focusing on the majesty of the instrument.