Left, Barbara Klemm, Louise Bourgeois, Frankfurt am Main, 1989,
Barbara Klemm, Blinky Palermo, Darmstadt, 1970, © Barbara Klemm, 2008.
Museum Frieder Burda
Lichtentaler Allee 8 b
+ 49(0)72 21/3 98 98-0
Barbara Klemm, Artists' Portraits
May 8-June 22, 2008
Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Blinky Palermo, Jeff Wall, Louise Bourgeois, Julian Schnabel, Georg Baselitz — German photographer Barbara Klemm has taken portraits of them all. With the simultaneous presentation of a series of photographs by American artist James Turrell, taken in the desert of Arizona, the Frieder Burda Museum gives a platform to contemporary photographic art.
With an unobtrusive and sensitive eye, Barbara Klemm captures the individual essence of people, landscapes and objects. She contrives to reconcile journalistic ethic with personal opinion, information with emotion. Due to her yearlong work for the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, many of her photographs remain in the collective German memory.
Barbara Klemm grew up in Karlsruhe where she was trained at the portrait studio Wilhelm Bauer. Today, she is living in Frankfurt am Main. In 1959, she started working for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, from 1970 to her retirement in 2004 as editorial photographer for Politics and Features and Comments. She is considered one of Germany's most important photographers and photographic witnesses of German postwar history. Barbara Klemm is a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin and, since 2000, Honorary Professor for Photography at the Design Department of the FH Darmstadt.
Art reviewer Hans-Peter Riese called her a "poet with a camera", and art historian Jutta Penndorf said: "Barbara Klemm doesn't search for the perfect. But she has the perfect vision. Like others, who have the perfect pitch. For Barbara Klemm, this vision is the basis for her art."
Barbara Klemm, Alfred Hitchcock, 1973, © Barbara Klemm.
Barbara Klemm, Andy Warhol, Frankfurt am Main 1981, © Barbara Klemm.