The majority of the overpainted photos are created by the artist pulling the photo through the wet paint on the spreading knife using a wiping movement. In this way, he can pick up large quantities of paint that, with a slight movement, lie like amorphous islands, sometimes millimetres thick, on the photographic paper and have the appearance of closed skin; conversely, with a stronger movement, the direction is at the same time visible as a pastose, directional colour gradient.
For his overpainted works, Richter generally uses standard reprints of photographs taken on trips, walks and in his private surroundings. The photos seem not least because of the predominant format of 10 x 15 cm as if they were taken from a family album and subsequently artistically processed. [e-flux]