Two new exhibitions have been on view at C/O Berlin since last weekend: A very extensive retrospective by photographer Lee Friedlander and a homage to photography by the artist Peter Miller. The exhibition space at the Amerika Haus is known for its well curated photography and visual media shows. And again, both exhibitions are must-sees for photography enthusiasts, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with the artistic medium.
“Dear Photography” is the first institutional solo exhibition of Peter Miller’s work worldwide. Some of the photos on show were especially created for this C/O Berlin exhibition, others are his key works from the last 15 years. The US-born visual artist works mainly with video and analog photography, exploring every aspect of what can be done with a camera and a darkroom (or even without). What are all of the ways in which you can capture light? Can you photograph the feeling of raindrops? And how does the self-portrait of a tree look like? The exhibition not only answers these questions, but also invites the viewers to take photographs themselves – one possibility would be in a remodeled Berlin-typical photo booth box.
The Lee Friedlander Retrospective is showing the US-American photographer’s body of work for the first time in Germany. In his six decades of photography he has done many projects – from snapping jazz musicians to taking photos on his road trips through the US and Europe. The predominantly black and white artworks are shown alongside the numerous photobooks Lee Friedlander has published himself. After working for Harper’s Bazaar, the start of his career, he explored photography as an artistic medium to find his own unique narrative. Very recognizable are his play with shadows and reflections, and his image crops – sometimes cutting of heads and finding creative ways to capture a self-portrait.
Both C/O BERLIN exhibitions are on show from September 11 to December 3, 2021 at the Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin