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.
photos: Julia Luka Lila Nitzschke
This Friday the Backyard gallery will celebratethe opening of a brand new photo exhibition. Upcoming photographer Julia Luka Lika Nitzschke is presenting Lipstick & Icecream with photos of Berlin’s nightlife, moments from her journeys around the world and from her series Red Lips. The opening reception starts at 20h at Backyard and will lead over into an afterparty with Prijo and Krisiman live and DJs Emile Doesn’t Drive, Sophie, Doreen and Dermot. More photos from the exhibition after the jump.
photos: ©Ed Kashi / VII Photos
I thought long about how to justify this article for iHeartBerlin. But honestly, it just does not relate to Berlin… I just wanted to talk to Ed Kashi about Pakistan.
Ed Kashi is one of the most important photojournalists of our time. His pictures regularly appear in magazines such as National Geographic and have won numerous awards. This interview – which features a lot of his fantastic photographs – is about one of the most dangerous and fascinating countries on earth: Pakistan. More after the jump.
Opening, André Wagner
Berlin-born artist André Wagner has been working with us as a photographer for our Designer Scouts fashion events since we launched the project in January 2010. But fashion and event photography is only one of his many talents. In his new solo exhibition The Beauty of Time that opens this Friday at the Rosendahl, Thöne & Westphal gallery at Kurfürstendamm he is showcasing a series of photographs that circle around the theme of time as a physical dimension. So what looks like an archictural or landscape photograph turns out to be way more then just a captured moment. The photo above for example shows the busy fashion crowd at the Bread&Butter fair at Tempelhof Airport while they rush through the building. More previews and infos after the jump.
photos: The Lost Explorer by Tim Walker, published by teNeues
Fashion photographer Tim Walker recently shot his first short movie The Lost Explorer. The movie has not yet been released in Germany, but a recently published book gives insight into this exiting project. Read more about it after the jump.