The title might be misleading, but The Opéra magazine is actually dedicated to the beautiful art of nude photography, both in the classic and contemporary style. More than 20 international photographers have contributed to the first issue, available now online and in selected magazine shops. Berlin-based photographers René Fietzeck, Cynthia Berger, Jo Schwab and Madame Peripetie are also included in the magazine. Enjoy a preview after the jump.
photo: Sven Marquardt, 1986
This Satuday at Kunstnacht 2012 you will not only get to see Planningtorock live and a brand new GIF installation by me, you will also get the chance to visit the the current exhition about photography in the GDR at Berlinische Galerie. Enjoy a preview after the jump.
PnP & The Crystal Tits, photo by iHeartBerlin
We are proud to present this year’s edition of The Berliners – a photo exhibition about nightlife culture in Berlin taking place at the highly anticipated Berlin Festival this coming weekend. Curated by Conny Opper, Florian Kolmer and Paul Snowden around 15 photographers are taking part in this exhibition that is being shown all over the festival grounds at Tempelhof Airport on big posters. There is also going to be a projected slideshow as well as a monitor installation showing a selection of our famous party GIFs. It’s a great look back into the last 10 years of nightlife in Berlin and you will see a lot of familiar faces including famous models, musicians, DJs, party hosts and it-girls. Get a little preview of the exhibition and a chance to win 4 The Berliners Slogan T-Shirts after the jump.
photo: Albert Watson, American Vogue, May 1977
On 18 August 2012, a new exhibition called Timeless Beauty opens at C/O Berlin. It shows 100 years of fashion photography and features pictures of – among others – Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, Diane Arbus, Mario Testino, Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh and Bruce Weber. The public opening (which presumably will be quite crowded) of the exhibition is on Friday. Check out a preview after the jump.
This week brings us of course many new exciting football games, but also some great concerts from Berlin-based bands, a graduates fashion show, some burlesque action, a Berlin-centric illustration exhibition and much more. These and more events after the jump.
Ryan McGinley started taking photographs in the late 1990s. His first pictures were “visual diaries” in the tradition of Nan Goldin, showing his friends partying, spraying graffitis, doing drugs and having sex. He became one of the most important photographers of the VICE magazine, and his work was shown at a much acclaimed exhibition in an important New York museum. Surprisingly, Ryan McGinley took a whole new direction afterwards. He stopped taking pictures of his downtown friends, and he left the city for the nature.
Together with some models and friends, he started going on long road trips in the summer. These trips took them throughout the whole U.S., always in search of extraordinary locations. The pictures he took out there in the nature create an utopia, the vision of a free and independent life.
“My photographs are a celebration of life, fun and the beautiful. They are a world that doesn’t exist. A fantasy. Freedom is real. There are no rules. The life I wish I was living” – this is how Ryan McGinley describes it. And indeed: In his best pictures, he captures life in its most beautiful, happy, free and sensual moments.
Finally, Ryan McGinley’s photographs have been published in a retrospective monograph. For the book You and I by Twin Palms Publishers, the artist has selected his favourite pictures from a decade of work. Check out a preview after the jump.
Helmut Newton, Saddle I, from the series Sleepless Nights, Paris 1976, (c) Helmut Newton Estate
The Helmuth Newton Foundation is opening a new exhibition titled White Women / Sleepless Nights / Big Nudes at the Museum für Fotografie at Jebenstraße 2 this Friday at 20h. The exhibition was curated for the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and assembles the work of Newton’s first three book publications. The exhibition will be on display until November 18, 2012. After the jump you’ll get a few more preview photos.
Of course there is the photography of street art. But is there really that much street art that uses photography? Not that I can think of, most of it is painted, stenciled and drawn. So it looks like what fashion photographer Florian Kolmer has been doing in the streets of Berlin is pretty new, at least to me. He’s created a very elegant series of black and white photos, printed them in large format and postered them onto the walls in public spaces, like next to the King Size bar or onto the Berghain. Enjoy the photo series of his work after the jump.
photos: Gundula Schulze Eldowy
Gundula Schulze Eldowy – this strange name stands for the most important female photographer of the GDR. Currently, she has a remarkable exhibition running at C|O Berlin. More information and pictures after the jump.
It has somehow become a little bit of a tradition for us to do an event for the Christmas. This year we have a very special gif(t) for our readers: A big group exhibition of animated GIFs titled GIF. ME. BERLIN.
Animated GIFs have turned into quite a movement on blogs and tumblrs all over the internet this year. With our animated party photos we also had a lot of fun with this old and dusty image format that was developed in 1987 as the first digital file format for color images.
On December 14th we are taking the animated GIF out of the internet and put it into a live exhibition at the .HBC Kino. We asked 11 talented Berlin-based photographers and artists to show us and our collaborating media partner smart urban stage their vision of the future in the form of an animated GIF. The results are as diverse and impressive as the artists themselves.
At the event we will not only show you the artwork, but we will also pamper you with drinks by Absolut Vodka, our famous delicious cupcakes and fingerfood and music by DJs Eliza Foxxx and Hara Katsiki. And as a special treat we will give you the chance to turn into an amazing GIF yourself in the GIF Photo Box. A little preview of the exhibition, the full line-up of photographers and artists, and all the details after the jump.