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Erwitt, California, USA 1956 Erwitt, Polen, 1964

Elliott Erwitt

January 10th - March 25th

Elliott Erwitt – KOLOR                 25 years in focus gallery
In focus gallery will celebrate its 25th gallery annivesary in January, 2015. In Germany there are only few galleries who have presented more than 25 years in a continuous work photography as art. During the past 25 years the gallerist Burkhard Arnold introduced in more than 140 exhibitions beside famous photographers as for example just passed away Lucien Clergue, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Franco Fontana, Greg Gorman, F.C. Gundlach, Thomas Hoepker, Susan Meiselas, Marc Riboud, Willy Ronis, Jan Saudek or Jeanloup Sieff also many new talents like Peikwen Cheng, Thomas Kellner, Vadim Gushchin, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Hans-Jürgen Raabe, William Ropp or Susan Dobson partly for the first time in Germany.

The jubilee exhibition in January, 2015 will show as a worldwide premiere an exhibition only with color photographs of one of the most famous photographers in the world. These are photographs of a full working life which have waited till this day in the archive of the artist only to be shown in this exhibition.
Erwitt, who became famous for his black and white ironic-intelligent street and dog photographs did now together with the gallery owner Burkhard Arnold a selection of 45 important colour works. These 45 color-photographs were never shown before in an exhibtion together.
„Colour is describing. Black-and-white it is interpreting.“, according to the photographer in his own words. Elliott Erwitt works double-tracked. On the one hand he works, particularly in colour for consignments and the advertisement and on the other hand he devotes himself in his spare time to his hobby, informal wandering around with his Leica. The so resulted black-and-white work are those for which he is best known today. Now worldwide first the coloured works are presented in the in focus gallery in Cologne, Germany. The exhibition carries the title of the book of the same name: KOLOR, published by the teNeues publishing company, in 2013. The 45 well-chosen works of the exhibition present the essence of Erwitts extensive archive from which many works would have nearly fallen into oblivion.„ Quite all the same whether it concerns politicians, Hollywood stars, quite normal people or pert showgirls – the motives express the Erwitt own, dry and eclectic sensitivity. From marketplaces up to military storage, Las Vegas to Venice – it is a many-sided mixture of carefully observed public and private curiosities.“ (Christoph Schroeter for
Opening on the 10th of January, 2015 - 6 pm up to 9 pm.
Prof. Klaus Honnef introduces in the colour works of Elliott Erwitt.

Exhibition from the 10th of January to the 26th of March, 2015
Opening times:
up to February 11th Tuesday till Friday 4 – 7 pm,
Saturday 11 am – 6 pm
up to March 25, 2015 only by appointment

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