Thank you, Mouse!new

Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch
24 × 30 cm
96 pages, 52 photos

English, German
Hardcover,  bound in linen,
„French Fold“-jacket
ISBN 978-3-903101-18-0
March 2020

Thank you, Mouse!

Laboratory mice make us a gift of their lives. For our lives. The mouse was the second living organism after humans whose genome was sequenced completely. As we resemble each other so closely, mice are now our stand-ins at the forefront of research. Every day, in the world’s laboratories, legions of mice are produced and used as an anonymous mass of animal matter. Can this be morally justified – or could it even be an ethic necessity? The knowledge gained for humans is certainly immense and often vital. Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch create a monument to these little heroes and return to them their individuality and personality. In their artistic approach their photographs of these ‘human mice’ are imbued with a universal significance. They reflect nothing less but the dignity of living creatures and our respect for them.


Exhibition: „Danke, Maus!“
8 March – 2 August 2020
Benrather Str. 32a
40721 Hilden, Germany

1 October 2020 – 31 January 2021
Exhibition opening: 30 September 2020
Museum Schloss Bad Pyrmont
Schloßstraße 13
31812 Bad Pyrmont, Germany


Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch

started out on their joint expedition into the world of photography some 25 years ago. Heidi, the graduate social worker, and Hans-Jürgen, the behavioral scientist, chose animals as their photographic theme. They like to call their work lifeform photography. The countless publications in the most prestigious magazines around the globe testify to their passion and professional work. “What’s so special about the Kochs is that that they intuitively discover what others do not see,” this is how Wolfgang Behnken, the legendary Art Director of stern magazine describes the couple. They have been awarded many prizes for their unique way to view the world and the wide range of photographic works: Art Directors Club Germany and Europe, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Lead Award, Hansel-Mieth-Prize, German Prize for ScientificPhotography, as well as the World Press Photo Award. They received the Dr.-Erich-Salomon Award for ‘outstanding photography in journalism’, which probably is the most important international award for photography granted in Germany. Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch belong to the elite circle of the world’s best photographers.