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Erich Hartmann

Self-Portrait with Laser Light by Erich Hartmann | New York, 1976 | © Erich Hartmann, Courtesy of the °CLAIR Gallery

Self-Portrait with Laser Light by Erich Hartmann | New York, 1976 | © Erich Hartmann, Courtesy of the °CLAIR Gallery

As one of the 20th century’s most renowned documentary photographers, Erich Hartmann relied on the nuances of natural light to capture the deeper truths of human experience. Yet when in the studio, Hartmann embraced a different vision: by injecting artificial light into the frame of an image, he transformed the commonplace into something both mesmerizing and ambiguous.

The resulting series of laser light portraits and abstracts became one of the most widely discussed photography events of the 1970s. Now, the °CLAIR Gallery has brought together a selection of these images, including never before seen photographs, for A Certain Slant of Light. As with Emily Dickinson’s poem of the same name, this exhibition examines the disquieting sensation of light when it is infused into the familiar.

There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes

– Emily Dickinson, A Certain Slant of Light.

°CLAIR Gallery presents A Certain Slant of Light from October 27 to December 2, 2016 at Franz-Joseph-Strasse 10 in Munich. Vernissage the evening of Thursday October 27, 19h30. For more information, contact Anna-Patricia Kahn at anna@clair.me

Erich Hartmann was born in Munich in 1922 and fled to America in 1938 to escape Nazi Germany. He began working as a photographer in New York City in the 1940s. While his portrait subjects included Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Koestler, and Marcel Marceau, he was renowned for his elegant approach to matters of science, industry, and architecture. In the 1950s, Robert Capa invited Hartmann to join Magnum Photos. Along with Our Daily Bread, his major photography projects include In the Camps (1995) and The Heart of Technology (1985). Hartmann died in 1999. His wife, Ruth Bains Hartmann, manages his photography archives.

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The featured image is Self-Portrait with Laser Light by Erich Hartmann. Stamped vintage print certified by the Hartmann archive. Photograph printed by artist. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at anna@clair.me


Adriana Lestido at Photaumnales

Madres e hijab | Signed silver gelatin print | 1995 | © Adriana Lestido, Courtesy of the °CLAIR Gallery

Madres e hijas | Signed silver gelatin print | 1995 | © Adriana Lestido, Courtesy of the °CLAIR Gallery

The °CLAIR Gallery is proud to announce that Adriana Lestido will be a featured photographer at this year’s Photaumnales festival in Beauvais, France.

The 13th edition of Photaumnales has been curated by Paul Ardenne and the festival explores the theme of love stories through the work of leading international photographers. Images from Adriana Lestido’s astonishingly intimate series Madres e Hijas (Mothers and Daughters) will be displayed between October 8, 2016 and January 1, 2017. The vernissage will be held on Saturday October 8 at the MUDO, the Museum de l’Oise. For more information about the festival, visit the Photaumnales website (in French).

Adriana Lestido was born in 1955 in Buenos Aires and is one of Argentina’s most admired photographers. She began her career as a photojournalist and went on to focus on broader projects such as life in women’s prisons and children’s hospitals. Her work has been shown across South America, North America, and Europe and she has won numerous photography awards including honors from the Guggenheim Foundation and the lifetime achievement award from Argentina’s Art Critics Association.

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The featured image is Madres e Hijas by Adriana Lestido. Signed silver gelatin print. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at anna@clair.me


Rudi Weissenstein

The Artist by Rudi Weissenstein, 1962 | © The PhotoHouse Archive, Tel Aviv, Courtesy the °CLAIR Gallery

The Artist by Rudi Weissenstein, 1962 | © The PhotoHouse Archive, Tel Aviv, Courtesy the °CLAIR Gallery

The °CLAIR Gallery is collaborating on a new monograph that celebrates the legacy of Rudi Weissenstein’s photography. Rudi, A Dreamer – Rediscovering an Archive is being published by Kehrer Verlag and °CLAIR Gallery curator Anna-Patricia Kahn is serving as the book’s principal editor. The book will be published in the autumn of 2016 and you can learn more by visiting the Kehrer website.

Weissenstein (1910–1992) was the most prominent chronicler of everyday life in the young state of Israel and his photographs are essential to understanding the country’s social history. Born in what is today the Czech Republic, Weissenstein studied photography in Vienna and then went on to work as a press photographer. He emigrated to Palestine in 1936 where he met and married Miriam Arnstein (1913–2011). The couple took over management of the Pri-Or PhotoHouse in Tel Aviv in 1940 and developed it into a renowned Israeli cultural institution.

“The gift of Rudi Weissenstein is that he understood how ordinary interludes were essential to the broader arc of history and he was able to render them with beauty,” says °CLAIR Gallery director Anna-Patricia Kahn.

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The featured image is The Artist (1962) by Rudi Weissenstein, 1962. Copyright The PhotoHouse Archive, Tel Aviv, Courtesy the °CLAIR Gallery. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at anna@clair.me