From the 20 photographers in the State of Art exhibition, definitely Alex Prager took my attention.
When asked where she learned photography her answer is simple: "at the city library and with books at home".
Aside with "State of Art", there was Bettina Rheims "The Gender Studies" exhibition.
The main face of this exhibition was the supermodel Andrej Pejik.
French born Bettina started her work in the 80's and has a strong reputation for making highly provocative images exploring female sensuality, sometimes bringing the eroticism in line with what many would consider obscene.
So those two photographers cached my attention between many great ones. People that like abstract photography, art or landscape, might find my opinion wrong, because there was a full plate of other great artists for every taste.
For more information about the other photographers and about the exhibition in general, visit: http://www.nrw-forum.de/state_of_the_art_photography_english