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Oliver Mark & Alvin Langdon Coburn

Entre Cieux et Terres by Oliver Mark, 2014 & Le Penseur (George Bernard Shaw) by Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1906 | All rights reserved | Courtesy of °CLAIR Gallery

The light and the obscure, the sky and the earth, the ethereal and the corporeal. Such juxtapositions have long formed the essence of the photographer’s art and a mastery of these elements can evoke entire universes of nuance and emotion.

Oliver Mark (b. Germany, 1963) is one of the modern geniuses in the use of these elements; and Alvin Langdon Coburn (b. America, 1882; d. Wales, 1966) possessed such a gift in their use that his work forms the foundation of pictorialist photography. Now, the °CLAIR Gallery is proud to announce a new exhibition, Between Skies and Earth, that explores the overt and covert connections between these two celebrated photographers who are separated by more than a century.

°CLAIR Gallery presents Between Skies and Earth from March 30, 2017 to June 11, 2017 at Franz-Joseph-Strasse 10 in Munich. Vernissage the evening of Thursday March 30, 19h30. For more information, contact Anna-Patricia Kahn at anna@clair.me

Oliver Mark is renowned for his portraits of aristocrats, artists, and celebrities. His work has been published in magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, while his photographs have been exhibited in museums around the world. More information available at his artist page or  on his personal website.

Alvin Langdon Coburn was a pioneering figure in photography and an early master of pictoralism. He began taking photographs as a young child and his career spanned more than six decades. His work bears witness to the rise of the great modern cities and he was fascinated by the dynamic complexity of these new urban environments. Coburn had a particular genius for photographing movement, whether it be the eerie play of artificial and natural light at nightfall in New York City or the traces of pedestrians seen from a perch high above a London park. To see more of his work, visit his °CLAIR artist page.

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First image: Entre Cieux et Terres by Oliver Mark, 2014. Second image: Le Penseur (George Bernard Shaw) by Alvin Langdon Coburn, 1906. Courtesy of °CLAIR Gallery. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at anna@clair.me


Inge Morath: On Style

Inge Moratth: On Style edited by John P. Jacob, Introduction by Justine Picardie. Published by Abrams Books, Fall 2016.

The plaudits and praise continue to flow for the exquisite new book that explores the fashion photography of Inge Morath.

Inge Morath: On Style was published in the fall of 2016 by Abrams Books. It includes 250 black-and-white and colour photographs and was edited by John P. Jacob, the American curator and director of the Inge Morath Foundation. The introduction was written by Justine Picardie, the editor-and-chief of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. The book has received stellar reviews from such esteemed sources as New York Magazine and The New York Times. The book is available in fine bookstores or can be ordered directly from the publisher or via Amazon.

“This marvellous edition is the perfect showcase for Inge Morath’s artistic vision and the book will further enhance her reputation among a new generation of collectors,” says °CLAIR Gallery director Anna-Patricia Kahn.

Inge Morath (1923–2002) is one of the most acclaimed photographers of the 20th century and was called ‘the high priestess of photograpy’ by the director John Huston. The Inge Morath estate is represented exclusively by the °CLAIR Gallery. Learn more about Morath and see the prints held by °CLAIR *here*. For information about the availability of prints, contact Anna-Patricia Kahn 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 collaborated on a new monograph that celebrates the legacy of Rudi Weissenstein’s photography. Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive was published by Kehrer Verlag and °CLAIR Gallery curator Anna-Patricia Kahn is serving as the book’s principal editor. The book was published in the autumn of 2016 and you can learn more by visiting the Kehrer website.

The major German newsmagazine Der Spiegel recently published a series of images from Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive. Click here to browse the images.

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.

Purchase Information

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