How intensively do photographers examine their motifs? How much attention to they pay to individuals who view their pictures? The photographer Thomas Bergner dedicates himself to this question.

In Profile. Portraits of Artists

Fifty years of photographs by Erika Schmied and an essay by Petra Kipphoff
With her camera, Erika Schmied has kept a careful watch on the international art scene of the last fifty years. The result is a series of portrait studies, all of which share one distinctive feature: they are all profile shots. Following on from the photographer´s experience and her realisation that a side view provides more information about the character of a person than a photo in which the subject is facing the camera, this collection includes a selection of photographs of important artists from Max Ernst and Giorgio de Chirico to Gerhard Richter and Georg Baselitz and also artist couples such as Anni & Josef Albers and Jean Tinguely & Niki de St. Phalle. In her essay Petra Kipphoff examines the interesting history of the profile in the arts to which Erika Schmied´s work has added a new chapter.

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"In Profile. Portraits of Artists"

December 2009

ISBN 978-3-86678-374-4

26,50 x 23,50 cm

144 Pages

66 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound, with dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English

Petra Kipphoff and Erika Schmied

Petra Kipphoff