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William Klein . Harf Zimmermann . Karolin Back

William Klein . Photographs & Films
Willing to take risks and beyond the usual conventions—the photographer and filmmaker William Klein has remained true to his unmistakable methods for more than 60 years. Living in Paris since 1948, he sought to experiment with a variety of artistic genres—painting, photography and images. He photographed people and fashion in the streets, dealt with current social issues and observed early on the impact of mass media on a consumer-oriented society. C/O Berlin is now dedicating a comprehensive retrospective as the sole location in Germany to William Klein for the first time. It correlates his photographic and film works, putting the focus on interaction, medial tranformation and further development. The exhibition comprises around 300 exhibits—large tableaux, vintage prints, contact sheets, books, magazines and movies.
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Harf Zimmermann . Hufelandstraße . 1055 Berlin
Just one kilometer in length, with 49 beautiful houses from the Gründerzeit period, two post-war buildings and a single modern one from after Reunication, a playground, old cobble-stone streets, superb plane trees and broad sidewalks—Hufelandstraße, planned and built by a brewer, stretches from Greifswalder Straße to Volkspark Friedrichshain through the so-called Bötzowviertel, the neighborhood named after the same brewer. In the mid-1980s, the photographer Harf Zimmermann portrayed this street and its people with his large format cameras from the 1930s. Beyond glorifying nostalgia and retrospective wishfulness, Zimmermann’s reserved, but in no way passive, documentation of the “Kurfürstendamm of the East” with its architecture and people is a unique witness to socialism on the eve of its collapse. The exhibition with around 95 images will be accompanied by a publication from the Steidl Verlag with an essay by Joachim Gauck.
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Talents 40 . play loud . Karolin Back / Svenja Paulsen
Mountains, clouds and oceans—we’ve seen them a thousand times on postcards, in photo albums and online. This is precisely why Karolin Back uses these motifs as the starting point for her work. Through a meticulous process of study, dissection and recombination, she creates images whose original relationship to reality can scarcely be discerned. Instead, they provide entirely new projection surfaces which deliberately cause confusion and lead viewers to reflect upon themselves, allowing habitual patterns of perception to be called into question and playfully disrupted.> more