Henry Leutwyler & Timm Rautert & Juergen Teller – Process – People – Product
Publisher: Steidl, 2020
Hardcover, 4 books in slipcase, 272 pages, English
New in seal
Science and technology have always played a crucial role in advancing medical treatment. It is precisely their interaction that is especially important for Sartorius, a leading international partner of life science research and the biopharmaceutical industry. This is the bedrock of the Sartorius mission to “empower scientists and engineers to simplify and accelerate progress in life science and bioprocessing, enabling the development of new and better therapies and more affordable medicine.” Yet how to share such a complex vision with the public in accessible terms? The answer lies in Process – People – Product, three photobooks and a text booklet that provide a dynamic portrait of the company, which opened its doors wide to further this project.
In “Process,” Timm Rautert takes us directly into Sartorius’ laboratories and production facilities, depicting what he calls an “architecture of process” and conveying the sense of wonder this mesmerizing world of the most advanced technology creates. “People” is Juergen Teller’s candid look at the creative personalities that drive the company, though his fascination goes far beyond any standard portrait: “I was keen to photograph everything: the building, the flowers, the donkey, life around the lunchtime ice-cream parlor, the high-tech machines.” Finally, Henry Leutwyler brings a selection of machines from Sartorius’ rich archive to life, from an imperial patent of 1890 to today’s cutting-edge bioreactors, filtration devices, and microbalances. The result is a multifaceted publication that not only recognizes a dynamically evolving organization, but also reminds us of the vital relationship between science and technology.