|Color Me! - The adaption of the US-american New-Color-Photography in West Germany between 1974 and 1990 (28.11.2012)|
|Life may be colorful, but black-and-white photography is more realistic—or so it was said. For many years, color photography was considered an inferior and not particularly valuable medium. Classic black-and-white photography was undisputed in the art world, but artistic color photography was supposedly banal and amateurish, a commercial medium for dilettantes. Color photographs from these early years seem strangely familiar and often confound the viewer’s ideas of artistic value: it is impossible to say whether we saw them before in a family album or a museum. Are these really just snapshots, or are they the work of an artist? Are the intense colors the result of bad film quality or were they intentional?|
In the 1970s, photographers began to revolutionize established viewing habits and existing orthodoxies. As pioneers of color photography, Joel Sternfeld, William Eggleston und Saul Leiter developed a profound visual sensibility for the ostensibly inconsequential. Their subject matter included streets, supermarkets, gas stations, bars, urban and natural landscapes—and, visualizing the highs and lows of the American dream. They explored color photography as a medium with the potential for both great objectivity and great virtuosity, and provided a critical view of the banal, the ephemeral, and the seemingly meaningless. Above all through his use of color, he infused his works with a unique and compelling atmosphere, allowing them to appear, for the first time, authentic. How was the reception of the US-american New-Color-Photography in West-Germany? Which German Photographer have adapted this style?
Playing With Colour
Accompanying program to the retrospective of Joel Sternfeld
Lecture Color Me! by Prof. Dr. Christoph Schaden
Date Monday, 3 December 2012 . 8 pm
Admission 5 Euro