Anton Corbijn is undoubtedly a legend of photography. We should keep in mind his beginnings, related to the best music of the 80´s to understand that his vision is highly “poppy” while being existential, dark and deep. Just remember that Corbijn was behind the creation of the image of Joy Division, New Order, Depeche Mode and U2, among other important groups of the post punk era. It would be with Joy Division and New Order with whom he developed links and a much narrower aesthetic image. The debt with Joy Division would be repaid with the film “Control” that he also directed in 2007. In this important movie, Corbijn explores the dark characters of one of the most emblematic rock singers , Ian Curtis. As in this film, and throughout his career, Corbijn has stripped the celebrities whom he portrays in his black and white his photography , reinforcing the particular aesthetic character of these celebrities, turning his photographs into essential documents of music, art, fashion and entertainment.
During the exhibition “Inwards and Onwards” already under way in the Camera Work gallery in Berlin, you can find these pictures in large format , the latter being an important testimony of a sustained effort over the last thirty years. Known personalities of popular culture, among them Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Anthony Kiedes, Kate Moss and Patti Smith, become emblematic iconic photographs in the hands of Corbijn. Without doubt, this series of photographs reveal the great fascination that this photographer has with the phenomenon of art in all its dimensions: images that bring us closer to the status of artists in the world of contradictions and beauty. In addition to the aforementioned figures like Jeff Koons, Marlene Dumas and Gerard Richter, are caught by the unique lens Corbijn, who manages bleak atmospheres but brilliant at the same time: brightness from his own darkness.
Anton Corbijn undresses subjects that are placed in front of the camera showing his psyche in white and black, using lighting resources and a living environment for every shot. The importance of the environment in which the characters are portrayed is essential to understand Corbijn. These are but single spaces or unforeseen results of the everyday life of the characters. So our favorite artists are completely processed with the emphasis that Corbijn puts into the hidden nature of the personalities that picture.
This exhibit runs until June 2 and you can not miss it if you are a true lover of photography, art, music, post punk and “pop” culture of the last thirty years.
For more information, visit the official website of the Camera Work Gallery by clicking here: http://www.camerawork.de/
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