The Programer series is a collaboration between German artists Valerie Schmidt and Patrick Wagner. They set up areas for Valerie to photograph professional StarCraft 2 players at live championship matches. Patrick, who is a Stockholm-based fine art printmaker, then printed the images using the vintage technique of copperplate photogravures. The resulting portraits meld the hyper-current phenomenon of e-sport gamers and traditional photographic portraiture with the timeless themes of triumph and defeat, passion and spectacle.

Valerie has exhibited her work throughout Europe and has received numerous awards and residencies. Her has work in the collections of Deutsche Bank; the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest; and the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany. Patrick lived in Tokyo working as a video game tester for KOEI. before going on to receive his MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. He now teaches lithography at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

BlinG, photogravure, 23.5”x17.25”, edition of 7+3AP, 2013. 

Brat_OK, photogravure, 23.5”x17.25”, edition of 7+3AP, 2013. 

HerO, photogravure, 23.5”x17.25”, edition of 7+3AP, 2013. 

Patrick Wagner is interviewed about the Programer project and the technique used to print the images.