From the series BFF-Hall of Fame
February 16 – May 20 2018
Herlinde Koelbl is one of the most renowned German photo artists. On the occasion of the first edition of Duesseldorf Photo, we will present an exhibition of the BFF Berufsverband Freie Fotografen und Filmgestalter e. V. (BFF Professional Association of Freelance Photographers and Filmgestalter e. V.) from 16 February to 20 May 2018.
Herlinde Koelbl is interested in people: in their cultural environment, in their everyday life, their physicality and individuality. With her long-term photographic studies, she is regarded as a chronicler of the present. She is not only a photographer, but also a narrator, director, sociologist and cultural historian. In 1980 she became famous for her illustrated book "Das deutsche Wohnzimmer" (The German Living Room), in 1984 she published "Männer" (Men) and in 1990 "Starke Frauen" (Strong Women). In 1989 she produced her award-winning work "Jüdische Porträts" (Jewish Portraits) and from 1991 to 1998 she photographed and interviewed 15 personalities from politics and business every year under the title "Spuren der Macht - Die Verwandlung des Menschen durch das Amt" (Traces of Power - The Transformation of Man through Office).
"When I discovered photography, it was like arriving[...] I wanted to photograph people and take pictures of life. People are unpredictable, full of secrets and destinies[...] Sometimes there is an unprecedented closeness and familiarity for a short while, sometimes it's a soft, tenacious struggle, sometimes a wordless dialogue, sometimes recognition", she describes her own work on the portrait.
The BFF Berufsverband Freie Fotografen und Filmgestalter e. V. (BFF Professional Association of Freelance Photographers and Filmgestalter e. V.) not only dedicates an exhibition to her as part of Duesseldorf Photo, but also takes her into the BFF Hall of Fame with a ceremony (Friday, 16.2., 7 pm). On Sunday, 18 February (from 11 a. m.), the BFF invites interested photographers to the NRW Forum for a briefing. Further dates with lectures of well-known BFF photographers will follow and will be announced soon.