EVENT: Word on Art: German Photographers of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Here’s an exclusive, members-only event you don’t want to miss, but you better be quick signing up because space is extremely limited!

Join us as our Word on Art series continues and we take an exclusive look at German photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Thomas Struth


The photographic works will be introduced by Brett Abbott, Keough Family Curator of Photography & Head of Collections, High Museum of Art. Members will have an opportunity to view the new work photographed in Atlanta by Thomas Struth, commissioned especially for the High Museum. The museum has also acquired works by Candid Höfer, Carl Christian, Heinrich Kühn, Hans Christian Schink, August Sander and Ilse Bing, among others. Some of these artists and more will be on display.

After the museum, we will head to the Table 1280 restaurant for a drink in the bar hosted by the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta.

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 3:45pm
Where: High Museum of Art, Atlanta
Admission: If you are not already a member of the High Museum, entry tickets must be purchased prior to meeting the group in the lobby.

Registration is mandatory for this event and is strictly limited to members. Only 15 spaces are available so make sure you secure yours quickly.

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A little information on the artists:

Thomas Struth (born 1954) is a German photographer who is best known for his family portraits and 1970’s large format black and white photographs of the streets of Duesseldorf and New York.  Struth currently lives and works in Berlin and New York. Struth’s work has been widely shown in solo and group exhibitions, among them the 44th Venice Biennale (1990) and Documenta IX (1992) at Kassel. Struth later had his first solo exhibition in the U.S. in Chicago in 1990. Following exhibitions held in 2002 at the Dallas Museum of Art and the MOCA in Los Angeles, in 2003 his work was presented at the Metropolitan Museum, with the screening of the video One Hour Video Portraits of portraits on which Struth had been working since 1996. The centre of the exhibition was the Museum series, which featured seemingly ordinary shots of people entering churches, museums and other public places. In 2007, he became the first contemporary artist ever to be exhibited at the Prado in Madrid, among the permanent collection of old masters.
Struth usually works in editions of ten prints. In 2007, his work Pantheon, Rome (1994) was sold to at Christie’s New York for more than $1,000,000. In 2014, an earlier version of Pantheon, Rome executed in 1992 sold for $1.25 million at Sotheby’s in London.

Candida Höfer (born 1944) is a Cologne, Germany-based photographer known for technical perfection and a strictly conceptual approach.  Höfer’s first solo exhibition was in 1975 at the Konrad Fischer Galerie in Düsseldorf. Since then, Höfer has had solo exhibitions in museums throughout Europe and the United States,  The first comprehensive North American survey of her work was shown under the title “Architecture of Absence” at Norton Museum of Art in 2006. That same year, she had solo exhibitions at Musee du Louvre, Paris, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.  Höfer’s works are represented in important collections worldwide, including the Bibliotheque National de France and the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and in museums in Basel, Hamburg, Bregenz, Essen, New York, San Francisco, St. Louis and others.  Major private collectors include United States Senator Thomas Eagleton.

Carl Christian Heinrich Kühn (25 February 1866 in Dresden – 14 September 1944 in Birgitz) was an Austrian–German photographer and pioneer. He is regarded one of the forefathers of fine art photography, the movement that helped photography to establish itself as an art on its own. His photographs closely resemble impressionist  paintings, with their frequent use of soft lighting and focus. Kühn was part of the pictorialist photographic movement.  In 1911 Kühn invented the Gummigravüre technique, a combination of photogravure and gum bichromate.  He also invented the Syngraphie, a forgotten technique that uses two negatives of different sensitivity to obtain a larger tonal spectrum.  Kühn used Autochrome from its appearance in 1907; his Autochromes have been called “ethereal dreams of childhood, full of vaulted sunny skies and giddy perspectives, as gloriously cathartic as they are emotionally charged”.

Hans Christian Schink (born 1961, Erfurt) lives today in Leipzig.  His photo series are represented in public and private collections world-wide.  Schink began his study of photography at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig where he was a master class student from 1991-1993.  From the beginning Schink has worked with series.  A key thrust of his work is his exploration of the transition between the urban and the rural, nature and culture, and architectural intervention in the landscape.  He finds his motifs in his immediate environs initially in eastern Germany, then in his journeys across the world from North Korea, through the US, to Antarctica.  A further preoccupation is the photographic rendering of light phenomena and moods.  The artist first commanded world wide attention with the series “Traffic Projects German Unity, 1995-2003.”  Here he addressed the radical transformation of the landscape through the expansion of motor ways and the rail system in eastern Germany. His series “Walls” explored the question of how authentic the representation of reality is.  The award winning series “1h” unites his interest in natural phenomena and light.  Schink photographs the sun at various locations throughout the world at exposures of one hour to conjure a perspective which cannot be perceived by the human eye.

August Sander (17 November 1876 – 20 April 1964) was a German portrait and documentary photographer. Sander’s first book Face of our Time (German: Antlitz der Zeit) was published in 1929. Sander has been described as “the most important German portrait photographer of the early twentieth century.” His work includes landscape, nature, architecture, and street photography, but he is best known for his portraits, as exemplified by his series People of the 20th Century. In this series, he aims to show a cross-section of society during the Weimar Republic. The series is divided into seven sections: The Farmer, The Skilled Tradesman, Woman, Classes and Professions, The Artists, The City, and The Last People (homeless persons, veterans, etc.). By 1945, Sander’s archive included over 40,000 images.

Ilse Bing (23 March 1899 – 10 March 1998) was a German avant-garde and commercial photographer who produced pioneering monochrome images during the inter-war era. Her move from Frankfurt to the burgeoning avant-garde and surrealist scene in Paris in 1930 marked the start of the most notable period of her career. She produced images in the fields of photojournalism, architectural photography, advertising and fashion, and her work was published in magazines such as Le Monde Illustre, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue. Respected for her use of daring perspectives, unconventional cropping, use of natural light, and geometries, she also discovered a type of solarisation for negatives independently of a similar process developed by the artist Man Ray.  Her rapid success as a photographer and her position as the only professional in Paris to use an advanced Leica camera earned her the title “Queen of the Leica” from the critic and photographer Emmanuel Souguez.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Posted on March 5, 2015, in What's Going On? and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This was an absolutely fabulous event! We got an exclusive look at phtographs that were brought out of archives especially for us. They were all amazing – my favorite was August Sander.

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