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STRIKE A POSE! Ikonen der Fotografie von Elisabeth Toll über Sandra Freij hin zu Peter Lindbergh, Newton und Christer Strömholm, kuratiert von der Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Stockholm

"The power of the photographer behind the camera and the choice of models, direct our time and the image of our history," so die Grundemark Nilsson Gallery über ihre aktuelle Gruppen-Ausstellung STRIKE A POSE, "where the focus is on the act of posing as well as on the power of the photographer." Angesagte schwedische Modefotografen, die auf der ganzen Welt produzieren, wie Sandra Freij, Carl Bengtsson, Julia Hetta und Elisabeth Toll werden gezeigt, ebenso wie Klassiker von Peter Lindbergh, Helmut Newton, Ellen von Unwerth, Albert Watson und Christer Strömholm, der in den Sechzigern Transvestiten in Paris fotografierte.

"All of these photographers have a dignity and an expression that shines through in the images – in how they direct, how they use the light and who they choose to work with. They show their own expressions in a world of excessive competition, and they see a person in the model and a model in the person." Eröffnung war am 17. März und zu sehen sind die Bilder bis Ende April (Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Sibyllegatan 26, Stockholm). Details zu den einzelnen Fotografen und Werken gibt es von der Galerie hier bei GoSee :

Christer Strömholm
(1918-2002, Sweden) never photographed fashion but his images of transvestites taken in Paris at Plache Blanche in the 1960s, has an air of beauty and darkness to them, in a combination that inspires all kinds of creativity. Strömholm’s photographs of these strong personalities that he managed to capture, strike you with awe. He often had a sharp subject in his images but it wouldn’t have been good enough if he couldn’t say it had something significant to it, the “Image with a capital I”, (the Photograph with a capital P), a thesis (an idea) that he returned to throughout his career and which has influenced generations of photographers after him. In the exhibition we can see a clear resemblance between two photographs by Strömholm and Lindbergh, taken with the interval of 35 years.

The icon Kate Moss, one of the most photographed models in the world, is portrayed in Marrakech, 1993 by Albert Watson (b. 1942 Great Britain). The photograph was taken for the German Vogue and is today one of his most popular photographs. By the end of a day while shooting in Marrakech, Watson suggested they would take some nude photographs on the rooftop of a house and Moss said yes. Both Watson and Moss agree that the photographs they created there on the roof are some of the best images of her ever taken. The sunlight and the natural beauty that Watson captured brings another great photographer to the mind, Peter Lindbergh (b. 1944 Germany), whose work also is shown in the exhibition Strike a Pose. Another supermodel, almost naked, is posing sexy but with an attitude for Lindbergh. The woman in the photograph is the model and actress Milla Jovovich, who Lindbergh recurrently photographed during the years. He has been a great admirer of the well-known supermodels of the 90s, and he continuously does fashion shoots with them for the big magazines. In a time of exaggerated retouch in magazines, he uses a kind of romantic realism in his photographs and tries to redefine the norm of beauty. In his editorials he often photographs in fair daylight and almost creates short film sequences through the series of photo stills that he shoots.

The Swedish star, fashion photographer Carl Bengtsson (b. 1952 Sweden), also uses natural light and often natural make-up on his models. He has been photographing with new techniques as well as analogue photography during his career and bestows an astonishing nature in his works. A distinct characteristic in the book Portraits, 2011, by Carl Bengtsson is how he lets the personality of the models shine through in his photography, very much like Lindbergh and Watson.

The choice of models is of great importance and in Julia Hetta´s (b. 1972 Sweden) photographs it is stunning how timeless the beauty of the models are. Hetta discourage artificial light and works almost solely with natural daylight and long exposures, not unlike photographers in previous generations. The way Hetta manages the light in her works, gives a reminiscence of old baroque paintings where the portrayed sort of appears through a quiet, pitch-black darkness. The ideal of the body has changed during time and Hetta’s engagement in the business is clearly stated in the way she chooses her models, preferably showing curves and street casted models then supermodels.

Tranquillity is not the first characteristics of Ellen von Unwerth’s (b. 1954 German) works. On the contrary, play and action, often with sexual connotations and a sense of humour is in the spotlight. Unwerth herself started (her career) as a model and she is very much a participant in the images she makes. There is no distance and no limits. As in one of Carl Bengtsson’s photographs in this exhibition, Unwerth has managed to capture an aura of the 20s, showing a woman in a black bob and smokey eyes. Unwerth is never retained when it comes to working with contrasts, neither in her colour images nor her black and whites. Your gaze is drawn to images, where black is as black as midnight and red the bloodiest red. There is a strong energetic feeling that is conveyed to the viewer. To have a look in one of her books gives you a visual high.

Elisabeth Toll (b. 1970 Sweden) started her career working with documentary but ended up in fashion, portrait and landscape photography. In the exhibition Strike a Pose, these three interests intertwine. Playful photographs of a model and elephants in an open field along with the horizon in the distance… One more time and the elephant is going to be angry is a must see. David Sims’ (b. 1966 Great Britain) career literally exploded in the beginning of the 90s thanks to magazines like The Face and i-D, and he is a master in the studio when it comes to strike and capture a pose.

Helmut Newton
(1920-2004, Germany/USA) created his own world of beauty, luxury, eroticism and decay. His way of working is unique and his photographs recognized as very Newton, rarely mistaken for anyone else’s. The image in the exhibition Strike a Pose is a classic piece and has everything you expect from a Newton photograph. The unconventional pose and sadomasochistic flirt has made the image well-known and very admired.

Along with these photographs, works by the Swedish photographers Tekla Severin and Sandra Freij are also exhibited. Tekla Severin (b.1981 Sweden) is an upcoming star who with her passion for the colour palette of the 70’s, together with her choice of location, transforms her fashion photos into a interior selection of sweets. Her set design is like a dollhouse and even a trained eye needs to look closely to recognise that it actually is a photograph. Sandra Freij (b. 1975 Sweden) is represented by the Swedish agent LundLund and we have chosen to exhibit a selection of photographs from a campaign shot indoors but still remind us of a heaving landscape.
22.03.2017 // show complete article

Polka Galerie Paris präsentiert 'Reverb' von Fotograf und Musiker Nicolas Comment und 'Horizons' von Landscape Fotograf Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong

Zum Frühlingsbeginn startet die POLKA GALERIE auf der Ruse Saint Gilles in Paris zwei Ausstellungen, die zum Träumen und Verweilen einladen. 'Reverb' zeigt Arbeiten von Fotograf und Songwiter Nicolas Comment, die einen Dialog zwischen Literatur, Poetry und Fotobuch als Kunstprojekt führen. “I was filming a lot back then. My montage practice also inspired the layout of these books. Sometimes I feel like they are the still images of a movie I never shot... I reread and intertwined images, like one would do with words and rimes in order for them to dialogue in a new way, like in a poem.”

Zur Ausstellung veröffentlicht die Polka Galerie zusammen mit Filigranes und Chic Medias einen Katalog (limited edition, 400 copies only). Nicolas Comment kann man übrigens live hören in der Bibliothèque nationale de France am 20. Mai 2017.

Parallel zeigt die Polka Galerie die erste monothematische Ausstellung des Anglo-Amerikaners Sze Tsung Nicolas Leong in Frankreich namens 'Horizons'. Das Spannende fällt erst beim Anschauen von mehreren Bildern gleichzeitig auf - alle Stadt- und Flussansichten haben die Horizontallinie auf der selben Höhe... Polka über die Ausstellung : "Shot with view camera, these landscapes follow the same compositional principle. Men are absent – or barely visible – and the limit of what we can see in front of us, the limit of our experience, where the surface of the Earth meets the sky, is always located on the lower third of the image. The same laws of scale, perspective, escape plan, colors and horizontality rule each composition. The panoramic shots are exhibited in a row for the horizon of each image to merge and create a perfectly synoptic and simultaneous view, a representation system that disrupts the rules of framing as well as our cognitive limits. From one horizon to another, our eyes follow a path guided by the thread of divine proportion.

Beyond the optical frontier materialized by the horizon, Sze Tsung Leong’s journey is also a magical investigation as well as a metaphysical experience. Photographing the horizon is like pushing it further away; capturing a precise moment in time to overcome our blindness; staring at the frontier between the natural and the supernatural, the here and beyond, the profane and the sacred. No horizon without landscape. And no representation without horizon. This distant, romantic and magic line investigated by the artist both locates and anchors the viewer in space, leaving him faced with his finiteness, loneliness, dizziness and destiny.

Sze Tsung Nicolas Leong has been working on landscape for more than 15 years. He visited and photographed hundreds of places around the world from giant metropolis bathed in fog or mineral light, to clouded sea landscapes, icy panoramas, touristic parks, deserts, rivers, tower fields and dried lands. Here, he modestly shares with us the images of a (very) big world tour, with some clues yet no precise geographic indications: because locations do not matter. Paris, Toledo, Cairo, Chicago, The Ganges and the Garonne, a natural reserve in Kenya, a salt plain in Bolivia, a frozen lake in Iceland or a suburb in Beijing.

Nicolas Comment Reverb, 18 mars - 6 mai 2017
Sze Tsung Nicolás Leong Horizons, 18 mars - 6 mai 2017

12 rue Saint Gilles, 75003 Paris
16.03.2017 // show complete article

GoSee Tipp : LGBTQ - Die TATE BRITAIN feiert 50 Jahre Entkriminalisierung und präsentiert die erste Schau zu 'QUEER BRITISH ART 1861-1967', zu sehen ab 5ten April in der TATE BRITAIN, London

Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Queer, Transgender ..... was für schöne und freie Worte. GoSee feiert im April 2017 50 Jahre Entkriminalisierung männlicher Homosexualität im weltoffenen England und in Wales mit der TATE BRITAIN. Gezeigt werden in der Ausstellung 'QUEER BRITISH ART 1861–1967' Arbeiten aus den Zeiten zwischen Abschaffung der Todesstrafe in 1861 bis hin zum ausser Kraft setzen des Sexual Offences Act in 1967. Es handelt sich hierbei um die erste Schau zu diesem wichtigen Thema in der britischen Kunst.

TATE dazu: "Queer British Art explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed. Deeply personal and intimate works are presented alongside pieces aimed at a wider public, which helped to forge a sense of community when modern terminology of ‘lesbian’, ‘gay’, ‘bisexual’ and ‘trans’ were unrecognised. Together, they reveal a remarkable range of identities and stories, from the playful to the political and from the erotic to the domestic."

Gefeiert wird mit Gemälden, mit Zeichnungen, mit persönlichen Fotografien und Filmen von Künstlern wie John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant oder auch David Hockney - es lebe der kleine Unterschied in allen Dingen.

QUEER BRITISH ART 1861–1967 . 5 April – 1 October 2017 . Entrance Fee £16.50, FREE for Members .  Adult £16.50 (without donation £15) . Concession £14.50 (without donation £13.10) . Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult) Family tickets available (two adults and two children 12–18 years) by telephone or in the gallery

Make a day of it and visit both Queer British Art and David Hockney with a free drink in between. This offer can be booked via the David Hockney exhibition page (until 29 May 2017).
08.03.2017 // show complete article