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PHOTOMONTH IN KRAKOW — 2010 Photomonth_kropki_duze

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Screenings for the Photomonth in Krakow Festival 2010

Manggha Japanese Museum of Art and Technology

● 16.05.2010, 7:00 p.m.
Helmut Newton – Frames From The Edge

Germany, 1988, documentary film, 100 min
Director: Adrian Maben
Distribution: Arthaus-Musik

Helmut Newton (real name Helmut Neustädter) was born in 1920 in Berlin. The photographer finished his studies in 1938, when he was forced to leave Germany because of his Jewish roots. He made it through Trieste and Singapore to Australia, where he served in the army for 5 years. In 1956 he travelled to Europe, beginning to work for “Vogue” magazine in London, which he then continued in Australia. His next trip to the old world bore fruit in collaborations with French fashion magazines: ‘Vogue’ and ‘Elle’. Newton opened his first solo exhibition in Paris at Nicon Gallery. A year later the first album of his photographs appeared. In 1975 the artist and his wife June (artistic pseudonym: Alice Spring) moved from Paris to Monte Carlo. The Newtons spent the winter months in Los Angeles. The photographer died in the USA in 2004. After his death in Berlin the Helmut Newton Foundation was opened.
Newton was among the most famous photographers of his day. His nudes and female portraits often skirt the boundary between art and pornography. The models are often presented in odd, studied poses, sometimes giving the impression of props in the spaces Newton arranges, an element of his ‘still lifes’, and together make up an extraordinary portrait of Western Civilisation.

● 17.05.2010, 7:00 p.m.
Lotte Jacobi: A Film Portrait

USA, documentary film, 25 min
Director: Gary Samson
The owner of the film is: Gary Samson, University of New Hampshire, Milne Special Collections and Archives

Lotte Jacobi was born in 1896 in Torun, into a family of photographers. At the age of 25 she left for Berlin. She learned the photography profession in her father’s atelier, and then received further education in Munich. Her family studio was a meeting place for the artistic and political elite of pre-war Berlin. Among Jacobi’s most famous portraits is her photo of Lotte Lenya as Jenny in the premiere performance of Brecht’s Threepenny Opera and the double portrait of Erika and Klaus Mann. Because of her Jewish heritage, she was forced to leave Germany. She settled for good in New York, continuing to make her art there, taking portraits of the people she found. Lotte Jakobi was also a pioneer of abstract and experimental photography. She died in the USA in 1990.
Annie Leibovitz – Life Through a Lens

USA, 2007, documentary film, 90 min
Director: Barbara Leibovitz
Music: Gaili Schoen
Camera: Eddie Marrity, Jamie Hellman, Barbara Leibovitz
Production: Thirteen/WNET, Adirondack Pictures, Ranoah Productions

Annie Leibovitz was born in 1949 in Connecticut. She began studying at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1967, and immediately upon graduating found work at ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. She took portraits of the American music scene of the period, living with famous musicians for a few days at a time, and taking pictures of them as she went. In 1975 she accompanied the Rolling Stones as a photographer on their tour, and thus gained a drug dependency. At the end of the 1970s Leibovitz moved to New York with the editorial offices of ‘Rolling Stone’, and a few years later transferred to a newly founded magazine, ‘Vanity Fair’, as the head of the photography department. That was when her most famous portraits were taken: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Demi Moore, and Whoopie Goldberg. Apart from these photographs, the artist also took journalistic and advertising photographs. In 1988 Annie Leibovitz met Susan Sontag, the outstanding writer and essayist, with whom she maintained a relationship until the writer’s death in 2004. At the age of 51 Leibovitz gave birth to her first daughter, Sarah, and four years later she adopted twins through a surrogate mother: Susan and Samuelle.
The trademark of Annie Leibovitz’s photography is her sense of humour and extraordinary imagination. Thanks to her original settings, the artist appears to show much more than just the image of the famous figure. Apart from the famous people of the 20th century, her photos also document many cultural and social phenomena of the era.

● 18.05.2010, 7:00 p.m.
Augenzeugen. Fotografen: Thomas Höpker, Robert Lebeck, Stefan Moses, Max Scheler
Eyewitnesses. Photographers: Thomas Höpker, Robert Lebeck, Stefan Moses, Max Scheler

Germany, 1989, documentary film, 89 min
Director: Reiner Holzemer and Thomas Schadt

After the screening there will be a meeting with the director, Reiner Holzemer

Reiner Holzemer’s film portraits four German post-war photographers. The director accompanies them at work on projects coming about while the film is being made. Thomas Höpker photographs the Mayans in Guatemala, Stefan Moses takes portraits of famous Germans in the Bavarian forests, Robert Lebeck visits the Venice Biennial with his camera, working on a report for Art Magazin, and Max Scheler recalls the glory days of ‘Stern’, for which the film’s protagonists all worked.
Thomas Höpker was born in 1936 in Munich, founded ‘GEO’ magazine, and also ran the famous Magnum Photo Agency. His most famous pictures include those taken in New York on September 11th, and his reports from India, Africa, Asia, and South America, and his portraits of Muhammad Ali.
Robert Lebeck came into the world in Berlin in 1929. He takes journalistic photography and portraits. He was editor-in-chief of ‘GEO’ magazine, and also worked for ‘Stern’, where his reportage from Africa, the Soviet Union and Cuba appeared. He took portraits of famous figures, and his most well-known portraits include Roma Schneider, Jackie Kennedy, Alfred Hitchcock and the Ayatollah Khomeini.
Stefan Moses was born in 1928 in Legnica, into a Jewish family. He became famous through the photos he took during the Eichmann trials in Israel. He photographed the most well-known German artists and intellectuals of the period, including Thomas Mann, Theodor W. Adorno, and Max Frisch, often in atypical poses or situations. His photographs are found in such collections as the New York MoMA Museum and the Centre Pompidou in Paris
Köln is the birthplace of Max Scheller, in 1928. He was one of ‘Stern’ magazine’s most important photojournalists, and was a co-founder of ‘GEO’ magazine. He documented the Cultural Revolution in China and the conflict between the mainland and Taiwan, he worked in Europe, the USA, in the Middle East and in Northern Africa, observing the political and social lives there with his camera. He became famous for his series entitled Beatlemania, devoted to the fans of the famous group.

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