Nov 25

Lebrecht photographer Fred Stein is celebrated in a Berlin retrospective

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
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
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.

Arendt, Hannah 1944
Hannah Arendt in 1944. American- German political theorist (14 October 1906 – 4 December 1975). CLICK HERE for more Fred Stein images.

Nov 19

Lucie Awards honour Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer David Farrell

Lucie Awards honour Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer David Farrell in special tribute

David Farrell - portrait.

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

Feb 06

Mary Robert and her exhibition The Transgender Community Living in Istanbul

Lebrecht photographer, Professor Mary Robert’s exhibition of photographs opened at Michigan State University Museum on 21st January about The Transgender Community of Istanbul.

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An exhibit exploring sexual identity and transition in transsexuals of Istanbul

This exhibition gives a rare insight into the lives of people in transition – one of the most dramatic and absolute transitions that can be embarked upon by any individual. The photographic portraits explore the complex identities of the members of a community of male-female transsexuals living in Istanbul, Turkey. Robert’s photographs focus on the human qualities of the subjects who have developed a new, unique aesthetic.

Of the reported 2,000-3,000 transsexuals in Istanbul at various stages of transition from male to female, the vast majority exist in difficult circumstances and are often ostracized by their families.

By embarking on this path, they venture into the twilight world of a no man’s land between macho Turkish male culture and that of the liberated glamorous female. Here they live and operate in the shadowy edges beyond the well lit norms of society and its conventions. As expected in such territory, there is danger, no real protection and plenty of skirmishes and sniping. They are constantly pressurized by the locals, periodically harassed by the police and suffer prejudice from the political system which denies them the right to work legitimately until they successfully convert their blue (male) national identity card to a pink (female) card. This long road of conversion is arduous and expensive. Some work as cabaret entertainers but most survive and pay for their medical treatment by prostitution. In spite of their problems, at home the women are warm, generous, fun-loving people. They provide physical and emotional support for one another with some of the more experienced acting as mentors to new members.

For more information click HERE.

Jan 24

David Farrell – Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer obituary

Lebrecht Music & Arts announces with deep regret the passing away of their photographer David Farrell on January 3rd aged 93. David has been represented by this photo library for seventeen years. He was not only a true gentleman but also he had an extraordinary career. From an early age he had shown an exceptional talent for the violin and was accepted at the Royal Academy of Music, later studying under Max Rostal. He enthralled everyone in the library with his memories of the major young violinists of this time – of sheltering from the Blitz in St John’s Wood Station together with the short-lived violinist Joseph Hasid; and of sitting in on classes with Ginette Neveu and Ida Haendel when they were studying under Carl Flesch .

David went into Bomber Command during World War II as a pilot officer. Demobbed in 1946, his growing family responsibilities and financial circumstances led to the difficult decision to give up his ambitions to become a solo violinist. He turned to music recording and then photography and print media for a living. His role model was Cartier Bresson and he soon gained a local reputation for excellence, often portraying people naturalistically in their own environments. Gloucestershire, where he lived with his family in the 1950s was the home for a wide range of intellectuals and artists and, David and his wife Manning, were an important part of this circle, counting Jacob Bronowski, Lynn Chadwick and Peter Nichols as close friends. Under a major commission from the British Council David photographed many famous artists and their work, providing the Council with some definitive portraits and photos of the work of contemporary sculptors, including Chadwick, Eduard Paolozzi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

In 1955 David’s first music assignment was to photograph Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Thomas Beecham at the Bath Festival. This was the beginning of a lifetime friendship with Menuhin and of a career photographing classical musicians at work and in less formal moments. Across the next thirty years he photographed virtually every classical musician who performed in the UK, providing intimate performance photographs of musicians ranging from Louis Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein and Jacqueline du Pré to Kennedy and Ravi Shankar.

He liked to tell that he was present the night that Margot Fonteyn, deeply involved with Rudolf Nureyev and dancing at Menuhin’s Bath Festival, was told that her husband had been shot in Panama – and it was his unique photograph that captured this historical moment.

He also took early sessions of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the 1960s . In the 1970s and 1980s he turned to photographing theatre and film.

David is survived by his wife Manning, whom he married in 1942, by two of his three sons, and by two daughters. He was a delightful man, with a ready smile and a passion for music that remained fresh to the end. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.

Thackeray David Farrell, photographer, born 28 August 1919, died 3 January 2013

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Aug 29

Lebrecht Photographer Wolfgang Suschitzky turns 100 today!

Lebrecht Music & Arts would like to wish photographer Wolfgang Suschitzky a very happy 100th birthday!

Born in Vienna in 1912, Wolfgang first came to London in 1934, fleeing Fascism in Austria. Having trained as a photographer in Austria and later as a cinematographer in the UK, he created many thousands of photographs during his career and became well known as a film cameraman on documentaries and feature films – working on over 200 films.

Go to www.lebrecht.co.uk to see iconic and unusual images from the early stages of his career featuring London’s Charing Cross Road, images of Bali from the 1950s and San Francisco cable cars to name a few.


London. Cambridge Circus from 84 Charing Cross Road in 1937 in the fog.
© W. Suschitzky/Lebrecht Music & Arts


The Matinee Queue outside Wyndham’s Theatre’s Pit Entrance in London, England, 1934.
© W. Suschitzky/Lebrecht Music & Arts


San Francisco tram with passengers 1958.
© W. Suschitzky/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Jul 10

Neil Libbert, Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in London

Neil Libbert, Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer, who is well known for his outstanding photographic work with the major British newspapers such as the Guardian, Observer and Sunday Times has an exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery in London entitled ‘Photojournalist’. The exhibition opens on 17 September.

His work captured many of today’s leading arts personalities at the start pf their careers in the nineteen fifties and sixties. Helen Mirren as a young stage actress in 1969.

This photo accompanied a newspaper article proifling Helen Mirren as she played Cressida in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘Troilus and Cressida;. The shoot took place inside her flat. In an interview with ‘The New York Times’ 35 years later she revealed just how seriously she took that part. Asked to reflect on bad reviews, she recalled, “I received an awful dart for …’Troilus and Cressida’. I remember the reveiwer, Benedict Nightingale. I’ll never forget him. (He’s) still out there, the bastard.”

Here is Harold Pinter 1963 aged 33 the year before he wrote ‘The Homecoming’. ‘The Birthday Party’ written in 1957 had already established his reputation as a truly gifted playwright.

Neil Libbert also has a great eye for contrast and glamour in this shot of Jayne Mansfield in Blackpool, 7 September 1959 with union leaders Ted Hill, Bill Carron of the A.E.U and Morgan Phillips, general secretary of the Labour party on opening day of TUC. This followed Mansfield ‘s lighting of the Blackpool Illuminations the day before.

We all wish him much success with this exhibition.

Jul 09

New exhibition by Lebrecht photographer Dorothy Bohm

Lebrecht Music & Arts are delighted to announce an exhibition by Lebrecht photographer Dorothy Bohm at the Margaret Street Gallery entitled “Seeing And Feeling”, opening on the 30th of July 2012.

For more information please see: www.margaretstreetgallery.com


Lisbon Portugal 1960s
© Dorothy Bohm/Lebrecht Music & Arts


Bus station Arizona USA
© Dorothy Bohm/Lebrecht Music & Arts

May 15

Author Pictures by Eamonn McCabe at Lebrecht

As part of our continuing celebration of writers and creators, Lebrecht is proud to represent British Photographer Eamonn McCabe.

Throughout his career Eamonn McCabe has photographed many authors, poets and creators from all over the world, including Edmund de Waal, Etgar Keret, Nick Hornby, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Ruth Padel and Gao Xingjian.

British ceramic artist and author Edmund de Waal.

© Eamonn McCabe/Lebrecht Music & Arts

British poet journalist and former academic Ruth Padel photographed in her house at Kentish Town, London.

© Eamonn McCabe/Lebrecht Music & Arts

 

Mar 30

Charles Dickens can be found at this address

Congratulations to veteran Lebrecht photographer, Graham Salter, who has set up a new website called www.CharlesDickensPhotos.com.  He has spent the last year travelling the length and breadth of the UK photographing places connected to Charles Dickens’ works and life for the 200th birth anniversary year.  In order to do this properly, Graham has carried out extensive research on all the novels written by Dickens and has photographed such sites as the remaining parts of Marshalsea Prison, the cemetery where Smike, companion to Nicholas Nickleby, is buried and much more. The Author Pictures at Lebrecht website, complements his photographs with hundreds of illustrations of Dickens, his friends and family and, of course, the famous characters in his books.

Ellen (Nelly) Ternan, the love of novelist Charles Dickens from 1857 onwards, lived here in Southsea.

Jan 05

Eastman Kodak preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy according to WSJ

Eastman Kodak is preparing to file  for Chapter 11 bankruptcy  in the coming weeks should efforts to sell a trove of digital patents fall through, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The company was founded by  George Eastman  in 1892.   Eastman Kodak  has long been known

 

for its wide range of photographic film products but this has declined in recent years as the photographic industry has been transformed by the rise of digital photography.