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EDITION LAMMERHUBER presents GESAMTKUNSTWERK VIENNA STATE OPERA [BACKSTAGE] book as a gentlemen’s ball gift at the Vienna Opera Ball 2020 with the best-of 10 years – including an exhibition at ROSPHOTO in St.Petersburg

The book GESAMTKUNSTWERK presents a collection of favorite photos of Lois Lammerhuber from his 10-year cooperation with the Vienna State Opera under the direction of Dominique Meyer: 100 atmospheric and essayistic images give an account of the passionate and creative work going on backstage, which is normally hidden from the audience of the Vienna State Opera. The photos of the book can also be seen in an exhibition at the photography museum ROSPHOTO in St.Petersburg through 19 April, 2020 – and, of course, safely and at a safe distance online here on GoSee.

Together with Dominique Meyer, Director of the Vienna State Opera, multiple award-winning photographer Lois Lammerhuber have created a book for the Vienna Opera Ball each year – the so-called ‘gentlemen’s ball gift’. Each book was dedicated to a facet of the Vienna State Opera as a complete work of art: PASSION dealt with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, [E]MOTION with the Vienna State Ballet, GLAMOUR with the costume workshops, ON STAGE with the stagehands, HARMONY with the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, GENESIS with the creation of a premiere, CHORUS with the Vienna State Opera Choir, REPERTOIRE with the repertory of the Vienna State Opera and BEL CANTO with the singers of the 150-year history of the Vienna State Opera.

The new book GESAMTKUNSTWERK presents a best-of from the last 10 years. It also contains ink pen drawings by tenor and State Opera ensemble member KS Benedikt Kobel which illustrate special moments from the seasons under Dominique Meyer’s directorship. The texts were written by dramaturgists Oliver Láng and Andreas Láng as well as ballet dramaturgist Oliver Peter Graber.

LOIS LAMMERHUBER is a photographer and publisher. He has produced more than 1000 reportages, some 250 of which for the magazine GEO. This, plus 80 books and hundreds of magazine covers. He has received numerous awards for his photos, including three times the Graphis Photo Awards for the world’s best photo report of the year. He joined the Art Directors Club New York in 1994.

In 2009, he and his wife Silvia Lammerhuber founded the publishing house Edition Lammerhuber, which has since been honored with more than 200 awards, among others, at ADC New York and the German Photo Book Prize. In 2013, 2015 and 2017, Edition Lammerhuber was awarded by the Federation of European Photographers (FEP) as the Best Photo Book Publisher in Europe.

In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honor, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honor for Services to the City of Vienna, the Prize for Special Merit for Representative and Media Art by the City of Baden and the Grand Medal of Honor for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018, he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.

DOMINIQUE MEYER became Director of the Vienna State Opera on 1 September 2010. He had worked in the cabinet of Minister of Cultural Affairs, Jack Lang, before being appointed, in 1989, as Director General of the Paris Opera, which includes Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille. From 1994 to 1999 he was Director General of Opera Lausanne, from September 1999 until the end of the 2009/2010 season he worked as general manager and Artistic Director of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Dominique Meyer will be the general director of La Scala in Milan as of 1 March, 2020.

OLIVER LÁNG was born in Vienna. He studied the violin, musicology, theatre studies, and law. His wide-ranging professional career includes writing reviews of cultural events; work as a lecturer; writing publications; working at the Academy of Sciences and the European Academy for Music Theatre; freelance dramaturgy projects; lecturing at the Institute for Theatre, Film and Media Sciences and the Institute for Musicology at the University of Vienna. He joined the Bundestheater-Holding in 2003 and has been working as dramaturg at the Vienna State Opera since 2007.

OLIVER PETER GRABER is an internationally renowned composer and interpreter of his own works focussing on ballet, solo concerts and experimental music. Some of his compositions of ballet music were performed at the Wiener Staatsoper. He was a university lecturer and is the ballet dramaturg of the Vienna State Ballet.

Museum ROSPHOTO, St. Petersburg, Russia
7 March – 19 April, 2020

GESAMTKUNSTWERK – Vienna State Opera [Backstage]
Lois Lammerhuber, Dominique Meyer
Andreas Láng, Oliver Lang, Oliver Peter Graber, Benedikt Kobel
German | English | French
24 × 32 cm, 200 pages, 112 photos
Hardcover, ISBN 978-3-903101-77-7, € 59.00
16.03.2020 // show complete article

THANK YOU, MOUSE! Is a tribute to the laboratory mouse, the best friend of humanity. The photo project by Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch, appearing at EDITION LAMMERHUBER

Laboratory mice make us a gift of their lives. For our lives. The mouse was the second living organism after humans whose genome was sequenced completely. Photographer couple Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch create a monument to these little heroes and return to them their individuality and personality. In their artistic approach their photographs of these ‘human mice’ are imbued with a universal significance. They reflect nothing less but the dignity of living creatures and our respect for them.

As we resemble each other so closely, mice are now our stand-ins at the forefront of research. Every day, in the world’s laboratories, legions of mice are produced and used as an anonymous mass of animal matter. Can this be morally justified – or could it even be an ethic necessity? The knowledge gained for humans is certainly immense and often vital.

HEIDI & HANS-JÜRGEN KOCH started out on their joint expedition into the world of photography some 25 years ago. Heidi, the graduate social worker, and Hans-Jürgen, the behavioral scientist, chose animals as their photographic theme. The countless publications in the most prestigious magazines around the globe testify to their passion and professional work. “What’s so special about the Kochs is that that they intuitively discover what others do not see,” this is how Wolfgang Behnken, the legendary Art Director of stern magazine describes the couple.

They have been awarded many prizes for their unique way to view the world and the wide range of photographic works: Art Directors Club Germany and Europe, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Lead Award, Hansel-Mieth-Prize, German Prize for ScientificPhotography, as well as the World Press Photo Award, Alfred Fried Photography Award, World Press Photo, as well as the Dr.-Erich-Salomon-Preis.

Exhibition THANK YOU, MOUSE!
8.March thru 24 May, 2020
Wilhelm-Fabry-Museum (Benrather Str. 32a , Hilden)

THANK YOU, MOUSE! Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch
24 × 30 cm , 96 pages, 49 photos
German, English, hardcover, bound in linen
French fold jacket
ISBN 978-3-903101-18-0 , EUR 39.90
06.03.2020 // show complete article

Edition Lammerhuber presents : ‘Peace Has the Name of a Woman – Colombia in Transition’ portrays the dramatic life stories of six FARC rebels on their way back to a normal life, exhibition and book

“At FARC, I developed powers I had never dreamed of because we were fighting for a mutual cause. I gave it my all as a guerillera – and became a woman fighter, not lastly because I experienced first hand how powerless women are in Colombia’s male-dominated society,” Milena describes her life as a guerillera. In intimate portraits, photographer Ann-Christine Woehrl and author Cornelia von Schelling document six female FARC fighters – Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia. What makes this project special is that it depicts the bitter civil war and the long peace process in Colombia from the perspective of female ex-rebels.
 The largest guerrilla organization in the world was made up of 40 percent women. There was equality among the FARC – the rebels had left behind classic gender roles. They now feel a calling to fight for the interests of women in traditional Colombian society. In November 2016, after 53 years of bloody civil war and lengthy negotiations, the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC rebels was signed. 7,000 guerillas were distributed on transitional camps and handed over their weapons to the UN. President Manuel Santos received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016.Photographer Ann-Christine Woehrl and author Cornelia von Schelling have conducted several interviews with former female FARC fighters from 2017 to 2019 and have documented their shocking life stories. The six biographies are exemplary for the path of more than 3000 female rebels, who despite great obstacles are doing everything to become a part of Colombian society again.

ANN-CHRISTINE WOEHRL, was born in 1975. She works as a freelance photographer. Her work focuses on social topics, women’s rights and religious issues in Latin America, Africa and South Asia. Her photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines, and she has published the books Voodoo – Leben mit Göttern und Heilern in Benin, Die Frauen von Havanna, and Montevideo. In 2013, her work Witches in Exile was shown at the gallery Pinter & Milch in Berlin, at the International Festival of Photography Belo Horizonte in Brazil, and at the Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia. Her project IN/VISIBLE was funded by the German foundation VG Bild/Stiftung Kulturwerk.
CORNELIA VON SCHELLING, grew up in Colombia and Brazil. She has a doctorate in American Studies and is the author of numerous non-fiction books and biographies. They include two books in collaboration with photographer Ann-Christine Woehrl, Die Frauen von Havanna and Die Rebellentochter – the story of a young Colombian guerrillera, recorded in the women’s prison of Bogotá.

EXHIBITION: PEACE HAS THE NAME OF A WOMAN – Colombia in Transition. Photographs by Ann-Christine Woehrl. 22 November 2019 – 29 March 2020 . Museum Five Continents, 80538 Munich, Maximilianstr. 42.

BOOK: PEACE HAS THE NAME OF A WOMAN – Colombia in Transition. Ann-Christine Woehrl. Cornelia von Schelling. 22.5 x 27.5 cm, 172 pages, 84 photos. German, English. Hardcover, bound in linen, French fold protective cover. ISBN 978-3-903101-68-5 . EUR 49.90
02.12.2019 // show complete article