Robert Plant & Martin Simpson during Sound-check at the concert for Bert Jansch. Royal Festival Hall 3/12/2013.
Obituary pictures for Nelson Madela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and President of South Africa, 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013
Lebrecht Music & Arts has a wonderful portrait of Nelson Mandela, taken in his youth, around 1950. We also have two photographs from 1994, the year he was elected as the President of South Africa. As performing arts specialists, we also have music images related to the inspirational anti-apartheid activist: lively photographs of a 70th birthday tribute concert.
Marion Kalter, Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer, has an exhibition entitled ‘Silent Piece‘ opening at the ZKM Centre in Karlsruhe, Germany, on 30th November.
The featured photographs capture iconic figures of the art world in intimate portraits, often taken at home. Subjects include American dancer Martha Graham, Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Agnes Varda, Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti, French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas and the famous American critic Susan Sontag.
Marion Kalter’s exhibition accompanies a new film about Pierre Boulez, “À la croisée des chemins de Pierre Boulez” by Sacha Goldman, in which Marion’s portraits serve as memories for the composer, adding a new dimension to the enduring life of her photographs.
Marion’s photographic work is widely known and Lebrecht Music & Arts is delighted to represent her work.
Lebrecht photographer, Miriam Berkley, covered this year’s National Book Awards, which took place on 20 November 2013. The award is among the most prestigious literary prizes in US publishing. Miriam captured wonderful portraits of James McBride, who won the award for his novel, The Good Lord Bird, and Indian-American writer Jhumpa Lahiri, who was nominated for her novel The Lowland. For more images, search online at www.lebrecht.co.uk.
Fred Stein, German American photographer represented by Lebrecht Music & Arts, has his first major German retrospective exhibition opening in Berlin at the Jewish Museum on 22nd November. He fled Germany in 1933 and became an outstanding photographer of street scenes and famous people in Paris of the 1930s and New York from the 1940s onwards.
Fred Stein was born in Dresden in 1909, and had intended to become a lawyer after studying law in Leipzig. He only became a professional photographer after fleeing the Nazis. Luckily his hobby was photography, and during his legal traineeship he used a 35 mm Leica camera, which he and his wife had bought themselves as a wedding gift.
As the Nazis became more powerful, Stein became an outcast in two senses: as a Jew and as a politically active socialist. In October 1933, he and his wife, Liselotte, managed to reach Paris under the pretext of a honeymoon trip. They had no plans to return to Germany.
Fountain, Paris, 1935. CLICK HERE for more Paris images.
Once in France, Stein found himself in an unknown land with a strange language. Since he couldn’t find work as a lawyer he was compelled to find another career. His choice: photography. Although he was really little more than a dedicated amateur, it wasn’t long before he started a business and opened Studio Fred Stein in a small apartment whose bathroom doubled as a darkroom.
Stein discovered Paris through the camera lens. The same thing would happen later in New York, where he, his wife and their young daughter fled in 1941, and where he died in 1967. In both places, he captured everyday scenes full of odd and subtly melancholy moments.
Parade, New York, 1946. CLICK HERE for more New York images.
In New York, he also worked with a medium-format Rolleiflex camera. He photographed politicians and writers, musicians, thinkers and artists, including Salvador Dalí, Marc Chagall, Willem de Kooning, Hannah Arendt, Andre Kertesz, Otto Dix, Hermann Hesse, Albert Einstein, Indira Ghandi, Arthur Koestler, S J Perelman, Langston Hughes, David Ben-Gurion, André Gide, Anais Nin, Dr Benjamin Spock, Moss Hart, Fidel Castro, Dorothy Parker, Adlai Stevenson, Georgia O’Keefe and Walter Gropius.
To read more about the exhibition, click here.
Hannah Arendt in 1944. American- German political theorist (14 October 1906 – 4 December 1975). CLICK HERE for more Fred Stein images.
Lucie Awards honour Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer David Farrell in special tribute
The Lucie Awards is the annual American gala ceremony honouring the greatest achievements in photography. In this year’s ceremony in New York City on 27 October 2013 they honoured the work of Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer David Farrell who died in January 2013 in a special tribute. He was a man of great warmth and humanity and this was reflected in his wonderful work. His granddaughter Georgia Adams travelled to Los Angeles to receive the award and sent us this report.
‘My grandfather, David Farrell, was selected, among a handful of international photographers who had passed away within the year, to be venerated for his lifetime of achievements and dedication to the industry.
The awards were hosted by the Lucie Foundation, an established LA-based foundation, whose mission statement is “to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide”, and since they introduced the awards in 2003 they have gathered global recognition and appreciation. The honourees to date include Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Klein, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Annie Leibovitz, and Sebastiao Salgado to name but a few and this year saw awards given to Lisa Kristine (Humanitarian Award), John H. White (Achievement in Photojournalism) and Benedikt Taschen (Visionary Award) for his landmark publications.
Having initiated the weekend with a mini-series of lectures and an introductory exhibition of the photographers’ work at Splashlight, a warehouse space in Lower Manhattan and a stone’s throw from TriBeCa, the ceremony kicked off on Sunday evening as a cocktail dress affair with drinks in the reception of the Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.
The event was sprinkled with prominent figures from their fields both introducing and accepting the awards. Early in the evening the former president and CEO of PBS Pat Mitchell presented Lisa Kristine with her Humanitarian Award, and further on Li Zhensheng gave a very entertaining, yet touching, acceptance speech for his Achievement in Documentary that included his collection of images of China during the Cultural Revolution, showing the appalling public humiliation tactics that were used on counter-revolutionaries by the Red Guards.
During a lighter moment, Carmen Dell’Orefice – the world’s oldest working model – gave a very personal and warm presentation to Victor Skrebneski for his wonderfully creative and innovative photographs in the field of Fashion, and Arno Rafael Minkkinen followed with a reflective and witty acceptance speech for his Achievement in Fine Art, awarded for a lifetime of capturing his own body in the landscape in the most inventive and playful, yet harmonious way.
At this point the Hall paused for a moving moment to commemorate the photographers no longer with us, including David Farrell, and honoured them in a Special Tribute.
English curators were also credited by receiving the award for the Photography Curator/Exhibition of the Year, which went to Simon Baker and Juliet Bingham with Kasia Redzisz, for the astonishing William Klein + Daido Moriyama exhibition earlier this year at the Tate Modern.
The evening was then brought to a close in a fitting way by the presentation of the Visionary Award to Benedikt Taschen for his life-long dedication to admiring, venerating and circulating the hard work and vision of photographers and artists all over the world.’
To find out more about any of the nominees and the Lucie Foundation, see: www.luciefoundation.org and www.lucieawards.com
Doris Lessing, British author who was awarded the Noble Prize for Literature in 2007, died yesterday in London.
The British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist and short story writer was born as Doris May Tayler 22 October 1919 in Kermanshal, Iran and died 17 November 2013 in London. Her novels include The Grass is Singing (1950), the sequence of five novels collectively called Children of Violence (1952–69), The Golden Notebook (1962) and The Good Terrorist (1985). She wrote prolifically.
The Guardian writes: “The literary world mourned on hearing that Doris Lessing the Nobel-prize winning author of The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing, among more than 50 novels covering subjects from politics to science fiction, had died peacefully at her London home aged 94. Her younger son, Peter, whom she cared for through years of illness, died three weeks ago.”
Lebrecht Photo Library has added several hundred historical maps from Luigino Visconti’s unique collection to our existing collection of cartography. Click on the images below to be transported to a different world!
Find your way around the late 16th, 17th and 18th century world, from Cambridge, Aachen, Baden-Württemberg, Lubusz, Strasbourg, Kaliningrad Oblas, Dresden to Aden, Hormuz, Tunis, Uzbekistan and anywhere else you can think of.
Graeciae. Map showing the Balkan region from the book Theatrum orbis Terrarum by Abraham Ortelio, published in 1570.
Our cartography section includes treasures such as maps of battlefields in World War One, specialist sources such as Schenck ‘s ‘Atlas Contractus’ from 1713 and Star Chart for the Southern Hemisphere for the End of the Year 1700. The delicately tinted maps are beautiful objects in themselves aside from the information they provide about the historic periods in which they were created.
Map of the World – published in Schenck ‘s ‘Atlas Contractus’, 1713.
A rare treasure within the new collection are innovative plans ahead of their time, such as designs for a proposed channel linking the French Mediterranean coast to its Atlantic coast in 1667. The plan was called ‘Le canal royal de Languedoc’.
Project for the construction of a channel of communication between the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea, 1667.
We hope you enjoy these fascinating images as much as we do!