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UTE MAHLER UND WERNER MAHLER − retrospective

APRIL 11 – july 6, 2014 AT THE HOUSE OF PHOTOGRAPHY


Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler are two outstanding German photogra- phers and have been a couple for 40 years; in East German (GDR) times, they were among the stylistically most influential photographers in the East. Today, as always, they continue to give form to their humanistic view of the world in diverse, intensive photo projects.

»Not creating a situation, but recognizing the situation and interpreting it«, is the artistic philosophy of the photographers Ute and Werner Mahler. They show this approach in various series, such as »Berka« (a town in Thuringia), »Die Abiturienten« (The Secondary-School Graduates), »Monalisen der Vorstädte« (Mona Lisas of the Suburbs) and their fashion photography. Ute Mahler began working as a freelance photographer in 1974, primarily for the legendary magazine »Sibylle« and for the Amiga record label. Werner Mahler works as a freelance advertising and fashion photogra- pher for clients including the magazines »Für Dich« and »Sibylle«.

After the Wall fell, Ute and Werner Mahler founded the successful agency OSTKREUZ together with other photographers from eastern Germany; the founding of the OSTKREUZSCHULE für Fotografie und Gestaltung (with Thomas Sandberg) followed in 2004. Their first joint retrospective worldwide will show in the Deichtorhallen not only the known series from German-German history but also exclusively the new joint project »The Strange Days« of the two artists.

OPENING

On April 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the House of Photography. Ute und Werner Mahler will be present.

CATALOGUE

Accompanying the exhibition a catalogue will be published at Kehrer Verlag with a foreword by Dirk Luckow and essays by T.O. Immisch, Wolfgang Kil, Birgit Lahann and Ingo Taubhorn as well as an interview with Ute and Werner Mahler by Ingo Taubhorn and Brigitte Woischnik. 304 pages, hardcover, 58 Euros.

EDITIONS

Accompanying the exhibitions, three photographic editions with each 10 copiesplus three artist prints, signed and stamped, size 22 x 27,5 cm. Price per print 500 Euros

1. Ute Mahler, Fashion photography for »Sibylle« from the »Für kleine Feste«-series, 1985, silver gelatin print.2. Werner Mahler, from the »Berka«-series, 1977/78, silver gelatin print.3. Ute Mahler und Werner Mahler, from the »The Strange Days«-series, 2014, Colorprint.

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