Stunning images of church organ pipes

German photographer Robert Götzfried has published his latest series on the original high-tech wall of sound: church organ pipes. His beautiful symmetric photos show the remarkable variations possible.

Thus saith Robert :

Growing up and living in southern Germany means being surrounded by churches – especially catholic ones. I don't believe in in any kind of religion but I found out that I enjoy the church buildings themselves. I like that there's a common sense in society about being quiet in churches. Living in a city where it is hard to find some quiet and peace, I more and more chose to go to churches to get away from this constant noise and stress of the city life. The more churches I went to the more often I thought that I want to shoot a series of church organs.

His site has lots of other great collections, from Cambodian barber shops to bowling alleys.

PIPES (Behance / Robert Götzfried)

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  1. plc says:

    Many organs have decorative non-functional "facade pipes" on the front for prettyness. The first 2 images likely show organs with non-functional pipes. The giveaway is that they are truly symmetrical. No two pipes in a functional rank (set) of pipes will be the same size. If you look at the third picture, while the case is symmetrical, if you compare the 2 biggest pipes on each side, you'll see that one is slightly longer than the other.

    Of course, on many organs there are no speaking pipes at all because the sound is produced electronically. Many organs with actual pipes will have some digital voices, particularly for the very low stops because of cost or space constraints.

  2. I love the videos that show traditional organ pipe making, sometimes using modern tools.

  3. I like the Spanish style with protruding pipes:

  4. hecep says:

    No one tackles Liszt's Ad Nos like Lidia, here.

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