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'EYES WIDE OPEN! 100 Years of Leica Photography' - how the first small-format camera has changed our perspective forever. Comprehensive exhibition in Frankfurt and detailed illustrated book at Kehrer Verlag

Last year, Leica celebrated its 100-year anniversary. The perhaps most famous snapshot camera in the world revolutionized our perception and united amateurs and artists to form a fan community which explored new perspectives – more innovative, bold and dynamic but also relatively affordable in 35mm format. The traveling exhibition for the occasion 'EYES WIDE OPEN! 100 Years of Leica Photography' combines work from Nobuyoshi Araki and F.C. Gundlach to Paolo Roversi and Jane Evelyn Atwood, and can be seen at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. Kehrer Verlag accompanies this extraordinary exhibition with an illustrated book with 1200 photographs, in-depth essays, and previously unpublished documents from the archive of Leica Camera AG. We have a selection for you here on GoSee.

As early as March 1914, Oskar Barnack, who worked as an industrial designer at Ernst Leitz in Wetzlar, completed the first functional model of a small-format camera for 35mm cinema film. The introduction of the Leica, which is a combination of "Leitz” and “Camera”, was delayed until 1925 due to the war, marked a paradigm shift in photography: Its simple operation and coat-pocket format offered amateur photographers, newcomers and emancipated women greater access to the art form. A camera became a part of everyday life, comparable to how ordinary smartphones with camera function have suddenly become today.

For the first time, the exhibition tries to show the revolution in photography which was sparked by the invention of the Leica. It covers the technical aspect as well as the art- and cultural-historical perspective. Several sections are devoted to the avant-garde photography of the 20s and 30s, the “Photographie Humaniste” or fashion photography.

Artists whose work will be shown include: Nobuyoshi Araki, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Bruno Barbey, René Burri, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt, William Eggleston, Ralph Gibson, F.C. Gundlach, Elisabeth Hase, Fred Herzog, Barbara Klemm, Herbert List, Paula Luttringer, Susan Meiselas, Ulrich Mack, Joel Meyerowitz, Paolo Roversi, Jeanloup Sieff, Christer Strömholm, Kai Wiedenhöfer, Paul Wolff and Tom Wood.

'EYES WIDE OPEN! 100 Years of Leica Photography'
Illustrated book with 564 pages, 1200 illustrations, at Kehrer Verlag, artbooksheidelberg.de
Exhibition until 31 May, 2015 at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, fffrankfurt.org
…afterwards in Berlin, Vienna and Munich.
21.04.2015 // show complete article

'The Stylish Life - Yachting'. The book for summer. teNeues shows how life on the docks really is for multimillionaires, celebs, and big screen legends

This spring, the teNeues Publishing Company celebrates the elegant world of yachting. 'The Stylish Life - Yachting' brings the luxury worlds of yacht owners and their followers a little bit closer. The pictures show you multimillionaires, celebs, big screen legends... enjoying the peace and quiet while relaxing on their luxurious yachts, seemingly bathing in the admiration of their beholders. A must-have for sailing fans, yacht owners and all creatives, who know how to enjoy the Dolce Vita no matter how hard it gets.

Here's an excerpt from the press release : "Since time immemorial, people have been taking to water in search of thrills and relaxation. Defined by glamour, sleek design, and wealth, yachting is the ultimate in dolce vita leisure—a floating world elegantly captured within this volume’s stunning photographs and informative text. A blend of craftsmanship, innovation, and fine materials, these refined vessels are as posh as they are practical. From the crowned heads of Europe and business moguls to Hollywood screen legends and socialites, readers gaze at some of the most noted names in the world as they display their nautical prowess. Dreamy locales such as Monte Carlo, Greece, and St. Barths provide the perfect backdrop for the lavish yachting lifestyle. As you browse the pages of this breathtaking tome, you’re bound to drift away to where everyone is rich and attractive—and it’s always the height of summer...

Kim Kavin is a lifelong journalist who has covered the luxury yacht industry since 2000. She is the charter editor at Yachting, the editor of CharterWave and a regular contributor to Yachts International, YachtWorld, Boats.com, Elite Traveler Superyachts, and Embassy Cruising Guides. She lives in New Jersey with her two rescued mutts, Blue and Ginger..."

The Stylish Life - Yachting. 176 pages, hardcover with jacket, approx. 120 color and black & white photographs. Text in German and French. 39,90 EUR. incl. 7 % value added tax, shipping and handling not included. Item no.: 73226 . ISBN: 978-3-8327-3226-4. Size: 22.3 x 28.7 cm. March, 2015
14.04.2015 // show complete article

Natural growth meets meticulous design : devine beauty in harmony. Ken Schluchtmanns 'Architecture and Landscape in Norway'

We are all familiar with pictures of Norway’s untouched natural landscape. Wherever man tampers with nature, the results can be much less beautiful, more unnatural, and even destructive. Where man has succeeded in harmonizing modern constructions with nature is shown by Berlin-based photographer Ken Schluchtmann in his new photograph book 'Architecture and Landscape in Norway', which appeared at Hatje Cantz Publishing Company. A somewhat unspectacular title for these spectacular insights into a world full of divine beauty.

To produce the photographs for this book, an independent project, Schluchtmann traveled over twenty thousand kilometers, passing through dramatic landscapes and profiling the innovative architecture projects commissioned by the Norwegian government in recent years along the country’s National Tourist Route: from the wildlife observation station at Dovre National Park designed by Snøhetta to the dizzying views provided by Reiulf Ramstad’s terraces at Trollstigen, and the Steilneset Memorial by Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois, which commemorates the victims of seventeenth-century witch trials – just to name a few.

The magic of the photos is in part due to the fact that they were taken, in tune with the topic, naturally – without the use of artificial lighting – at dusk or beneath a cloudy sky – lending his subject matter a certain melancholy. The Berlin-based photographer Ken Schluchtmann (* 1970) is known for his signature style. Clear and cool, and sensual at the same time. At the World Architecture Festival in Singapore, his outstanding work was recognized, and he was named the Architecture Photographer of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

Ken Schluchtmann - National Routes of Norway. Architecture and Landscape in Norway. 160 pages, 100 images,  approx. € 68. hatjecantz.de
13.04.2015 // show complete article