Review

DAS ZWEITE GESICHT
HOMMAGE À LEONORE MAU

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House of Photography 9 February — 23 April 2014

The Hamburg photographer Leonore Mau passed away on September 22, 2013, at the age of 97. A side-gallery exhibition presenting exemplary individual works from the photographer’s large oeuvre will be held in her memory. The 2005 exhibition “Hubert Fichte and Leonore Mau,” at the House of Photography, paid tribute to Mau’s work in a comprehensive form.

Leonore Mau worked for every well-known German magazine. She found the most important theme of her life in her documentary work on Afro-American and West-African cults and rituals, which she researched together with the author Hubert Fichte. Her pictures are explosions of color and full of magic—sometimes disturbing and always simultaneously artworks and records of ethnographic histories. In cooperation with the S. Fischer Foundation and the F. C. Gundlach Foundation.

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