Photographers who capture an iconic image are often confronted with a paradox: the celebration of a single photograph overshadows the entirety an artistic oeuvre. Yet what happens in those rare situations when a single photographer is responsible for scores of iconic images?
This is the question explored by the Halsman: Facets and Facets exhibition. Philippe Halsman (b. Riga, 1906; d. New York, 1979) remains one of history’s most esteemed photographers, yet there is no consensus as to what constitutes his most important work. The groundbreaking jumpology series that created a bold vision of identity through movement? His famed pcitures of Alfred Hitchcock that set a new standard for interpretive portrait photography? His collaborations with Salvador Dalì that are a monument of the Surrealist movement? By juxtaposing these disparate facets of Halsman’s artistic expression, this exhibition seeks to assemble a harmonious portrait of a photographer whose genius transcends any single image.
°CLAIR Gallery presents Halsman: Facets and Faces from December 15, 2016 to January 12, 2017 at Franz-Joseph-Strasse 10 in Munich. Vernissage the evening of Thursday December 15, 19h30. For more information, contact Anna-Patricia Kahn at email@example.com
The featured image is Duke and Duchess of Windsor by Philippe Halsman, 1956. Certified vintage print. Copyright the Philippe Halsman archive, Courtesy of the °CLAIR Gallery. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The featured image is Madres e Hijas by Adriana Lestido. Signed silver gelatin print. Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org