Gisèle Freund Fotografische Szenen und Portraits / Photographic scenes and portraits
Gisèle Freund (1908-2000) was one of the most famous photographers of the 20th century. Her colour portraits of writers and artists such as James Joyce, Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf or Frida Kahlo have long achieved iconic status. The exhibition opens a new perspective on a seemingly familiar work by showing the portrait photographer as she always wanted to be seen: as a photo-journalist. The exhibition reveals how, in the work of Gisèle Freund, the creation of her portraits was connected to the documentation of the working and living environment of those photographed. Together with the large portraits, there are also many, unpublished photographs of the celebrities in their everyday lives. The exhibition, curated by Janos Frecot and Gabriele Kostas, presents 280 colour and black-and-white photographs in 14 chapters. The first time Gisèle Freund's colour portraits have been digitally processed with state-of-the-art technology, so that the images can be seen anew in their original colourfulness. All of the portraits that Gisèle Freund made of Walter Benjamin are also shown for the first time.