Vincent Peters Exhibition in Camera Work Berlin

© VINCENT PETERS, LAETITIA CASTA II, PARIS, 2008

Vincent Peters Exhibition from March 24 to May 20, 2018

Gallery CAMERA WORK is pleased to present a solo exhibition of photographer Vincent Peters starting on the March 24, 2018 including almost 40 works. It comprises a selection of his main oeuvre from over ten years as well as new works, which are shown for the first time worldwide.

The exhibition gives a profound insight into the fashion and nude photography of Vincent Peters, one of the leading photographers in his field. The first part of the exhibition includes impressive photographs of international models and supermodels: among them Cindy Crawford, Laetitia Casta, Adriana Lima and Milla Jovovich. Worldwide equally highly esteemed are his portraits of personalities such as Charlize Theron, Emma Watson and Penélope Cruz.

A selection of the most  famous pieces is shown in the second part of the exhibition. The third and newest part can be entitled with «Personal». It shows women in staged moments, inspired from the perfected studio photography of the 20th century and cineastic close-up photography. Thereby the photographer pays attention to the creation of a luxurious and classical backdrop in order to present the women in a sensual and timeless atmosphere. This becomes especially significant in his ballet sceneries, which could through their character and composition, remind of Degas’ paintings. Beyond a pure contemplative approach, all works of Vincent Peters serve multilayered interpretations, which can
be developed by the spectator.

Besides the depiction of the woman, all works have something in common: they show the importance of using light in photography as a precondition for high-quality artworks. The diligent handling with light proves to be meaningful for Vincent Peters’ style. Incidences of light emphasize the female body in a subtle but focused way. The setting and costumes are integrated in a visual arrangement with light and shadow, which create a silent, classic-romantical mood. Despite the late modern, inflationary flood of celebrity pictures, Vincent Peters’ portraits touch the spectator’s visual memory and remain there, thanks to his particular phrasing. The fundament for his aesthetical realization is a trustful and professional connection between model and photographer.
Stereoptype or quoted poses from fashion and celebrity images are not part of his work – rather it contains the sense and eye of elegant gestures, dramatic moments and graceful movements.
These become an expression of the individual personality and artistic sentiment in the photographs.

Vincent Peters

Born in Bremen, Germany, in 1969 Vincent Peters moved to New York City at the age of twenty to work as a photographer’s assistant. After returning to Europe in 1995, he worked for various art
galleries and on personal projects. In 1999 he began his career at Giovanni Testino’s agency as a fashion photographer. Within a year Vincent Peters shot worldwide campaigns for brands such as Miu Miu, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, and Wolfgang Joop. He established himself with a recognizable style, and major fashion houses like La Perla, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Emporio Armani, L’Oréal, Lancôme, Nike, Levi’s, and many others came to him as corporate clients. His photographs appear in international magazines such as «Vogue«, «GQ», «The Sunday Times», «Numéro», «Harper’s Bazaar» and many more.

Vincent Peters Exhibition from March 24 to May 20, 2018

Address: Camera Work 4 Kantstrasse 149 4 10623 Berlin 4
Website: www.camerawork.de
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 4 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Guy Bourdin Image Maker, Helmut Newton A Gun for Hire, Angelo Marino Another Story

Guy Bourdin Charles Jourdan, Spring 1976 © Guy Bourdin Estate, 2017 / Courtesy Louise Alexander Gallery

Berlin-based Helmut Newton Foundation present its new exhibition Guy Bourdin. Image Maker / Helmut Newton. A Gun for Hire / Angelo Marino. Another Story.

Guy Bourdin revolutionized fashion photography in the late 20th century, similar to Helmut Newton. Both were the star photographers of Vogue Paris and produced some of the most iconic images of that era working for the top international fashion houses. While their medium was the magazine, they approached it with avant-garde point of view and sharp humour. Unique as they were, they both broke aesthetic conventions achieving a sense of timeless glamour in their editorials and advertising and independently of one another developing a sense of “radical chic.”

In 1970s at the peak of their career while they photographed magazine editorials, Newton shot the collections of clients such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler, Mario Valentino and Blumarine. Simultaneously, Bourdin photographed collections such as Versace, Ungaro, Chloe, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent while in addition he found a prime client in Charles Jourdan -the French shoe brand -that lasted over 15 years.

Now, for the first time ever Helmut Newton Foundation will showcase the iconic works by these two influential fashion photographers with an extensive exhibition in Berlin to celebrate their visionary artistic contribution and their enduring legacy.

Newton called himself in self-irony “A Gun for Hire,” a term then used for the title of the exhibition of his commissioned work shown posthumously in 2005 in Monaco and Berlin and later in Budapest. A selection of this project will now be shown again at the Helmut Newton Foundation – for the first time juxtaposed with the works of his notable French colleague, Guy Bourdin.

Guy Bourdin was a painter all his life and an auto-didact photographer; his career spanned over three decades since his debut editorial in 1955. He was also an instinctive Surrealist, a creator of enigmatic narratives and a sophisticated art director. He extended the possibilities of what a fashion photograph might be by creating images that were, cinematic and unforgettable with intense interplay of light and shadow, hyper real colors and tight composition.

Entitled “Image Maker” the exhibition introduces works by Guy Bourdin from various publications, iconic and lesser-known images, Vintage prints, Vogue Paris layouts alongside his visionary advertising for Charles Jourdan shoes. Both formally and contextually Bourdin presented shoes and other fashion products in challenging ways, by mainly using it as double spreads that resound today modern beyond their commercial context.

In Helmut Newton’s “A Gun for Hire” we can see commissions for fashion designers from the 1990s that were first published in their own fashion books, and later often shown by the photographer as part of his own oeuvre. It was never merely a fashion shoot which he produced, but also an unexpected, complex story, tinged with the suspense of an Alfred Hitchcock film – without forsaking the autonomy of the image. We encounter similar visual approach in
the works of Bourdin. For Both, it is often unclear where reality ends and the staging begins; in this fantasy universe that they created, everything seems real and surreal at the same time, and occasionally bathed in a dreamlike cinematographic light.

In his later fashion and product shots Newton often staged photographic sequences, such as the black-and-white visual narrative for Villeroy & Boch (1985), a series of single images for Absolut Vodka (1995), a series with the model Monica Bellucci in different dresses by Blumarine (1998), and his 12 motifs with bikini models for a sports magazine calendar (2002).

Small and intimate, “June’s Room” is reserved for friends and colleagues of the Newtons – and this time for Helmut Newton’s former assistant Angelo Marino, who has gone on to work with Newton’s widow June (a.k.a. Alice Springs). Complementing the works of Bourdin and Newton, Marino presents under the title “Another Story” an eclectic view of his immediate environment, which he photographed on the way from his home in Cannes to his
workplace in Monte Carlo. The snapshot-like images, taken with his iPhone, capture fellow travelers, the sea, or views of architecture and the landscape rushing past the window of the train. The show comprises a collection of 52 panels, each consisting of five color photographs arranged in a tableau representing one week.

On the occasion of the exhibition the bookGuy Bourdin. Image Maker”, with an introduction by Shelly Verthime (curator of the Guy Bourdin Estate) and a text by Matthias Harder (curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation), has been published by Assouline, Paris / New York; 10 x 13 in – 25.4 x 33 cm, 260 pages, over 150 photographs, 4 illustrations, hardcover, ISBN: 9781614286356, $150 – €150 – £110

Address:

Helmut Newton Foundation
at the Museum of Photography

Train and subway station
Zoologischer garten
Exit jebensstrasse

Phone: +49 30 3186 4856
Fax: +49 30 3186 4855

Information: info@helmut-newton-foundation.org

Opening hours: tuesday, wednesday, friday, saturday, sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Exhibition: 1 December 2017 – 13 May 2018

Admission: €10, reduced: €5

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