photographers Mack, Ulrich B. (D)

artwork infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ruhrgebiet #08, 1959
  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ruhrgebiet #08, 1959

    Signed, titled, dated and stamped silvergelatine print, printed later, papersize 30 x 40 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ruhrgebiet #39, 1959
  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ruhrgebiet #39, 1959

    Signed, titled, dated and stamped silvergelatine print, printed later, papersize 30 x 40 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ruhrgebiet #30, 1959
  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ruhrgebiet #30, 1959

    Signed, titled, dated and stamped silvergelatine print, printed later, papersize 30 x 40 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ruhrgebiet #10, 1959
  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ruhrgebiet #10, 1959

    Signed, titled, dated and stamped silvergelatine print, printed later, papersize 30 x 40 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy in Köln #1, 1963
  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy in Köln #1, 1963

    Signed, titled, dated and stamped silvergelatine print, printed later, papersize 30 x 40 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy in Köln # 212, 1963
  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy in Köln # 212, 1963

    Signed, titled, dated and stamped silvergelatine print, printed later, papersize 30 x 40 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy in Bonn, # 66, 1963
  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy in Bonn, # 66, 1963

    Signed, titled, dated and stamped silvergelatine print, printed later, papersize 30 x 40 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy in Köln #32, 1963
  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy in Köln #32, 1963

    Signed, titled, dated and stamped silvergelatine print, printed later, papersize 30 x 40 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy in Berlin, 249, 1963
  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy in Berlin, 249, 1963

    Signed, titled, dated and stamped silvergelatine print, printed later, papersize 30 x 40 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy Wiesbaden, # 61, 1963
  • Mack, Ulrich B., J. F. Kennedy Wiesbaden, # 61, 1963

    Signed, titled, dated and stamped silvergelatine print, printed later, papersize 30 x 40 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ferne, #07, 2001
  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ferne, #07, 2001

    Signed, dated, stamped and numbered Dye-Transfer Prints in an edition of 20, paper size 47 x 57 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ferne, #09, 2001
  • Mack, Ulrich B., Ferne, #09, 2001

    Signed, dated, stamped and numbered Dye-Transfer Prints in an edition of 20, paper size 47 x 57 cm. Please ask gallery for price.

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biography infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

Ulrich Mack
If you are interested in photography, you cannot avoid Ulrich Mack. Born in Thuringia in 1934 and at home in Hamburg for a long time, Ulrich Mack was one of the outstanding camera artists in Germany from the 1950s to the 1990s. The graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts and pupil of the legendary Alfred Mahlau began to take photographs under the impression of the exhibition “The Family of Man” and the works of the French Henri Cartier-Bresson. However, Mack's quest for the “decisive moment” was no more binding than the sentimental message of the show, which was shown in New York in 1955 and was shown worldwide. Mack quickly swims freely, finds his own stance in which craftsmanship excellence combines with a search for the essentials. Mack's pictures are well seen, carefully built, well composed. There is nothing accidental, speculative. Anything is erased in favor of great clarity, which does not exclude aesthetic finesse. The photo creations by photographer Ulrich Mack have a clear signature. They testify to a struggle for form without slipping into formalism. Mack takes photography seriously in its media peculiarities, which does not mean that his pictures do not have great poetry. Incidentally, Ulrich Mack kept all options open. He knew and knows how to handle the small picture, the Leica, just as confidently as he does the plate camera. He is just as familiar with the fast-reacting life photography as the large format instant photo with studio and flash. (Hans-Michael Koetzle)

Prices between 1600 and 3600 €.


Ulrich Mack . Reporter
Kennedy in Germany - Cologne / Bonn / Frankfurt / Wiesbaden / Berlin 1963 "Ruhrgebiet", 1959 and "Distance" 2001

"I am a Berliner" - with these words, John F. Kennedy made history. No record of the young charismatic president is more celebrated, cheered harder, been cited more often than this. In June 1963, Kennedy came to the Federal Republic of Germany. Cologne, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt and Berlin were on the agenda of a journey that would be a triumphal trip. Since the Berlin Wall was built in 1961 the Berlin people had been waiting for a sign of solidarity. Well there it was: In the form of the most powerful man in the world, whose presence in the "front-line city," not less than two million people took to the streets cheering, waving, flag waving. Kennedy's visit marked the high point of American enthusiasm in West Germany. This visit was a political, but also a media event and was accompanied by the 28-year-old Ulrich Mack for the German magazine Quick. Mack's black and white reportage are known for its artisanal excellence, a sense of decisive moments for grand gestures, but also a sensitive look at the goings-on the edge, the more so as the well-staged performances of politicians - Kennedy, Adenauer, Brandt - the emotional side of the visit reflects. Not a photographer, that's for sure, has the state visit as completely so sensitive, documented as committed as Ulrich Mack. Five decades outsourced its images and negatives largely unnoticed in the archives, now, Burkhard Arnold, owner of the internationally reputated in focus gallery in Cologne, selected in collaboration with Ulrich Mack photographs from this series to an exhibition - equally an important piece of time, photography and media history.

The exhibition is complemented by a careful selection of photographs of two other series. For one of Mack's 1959 arising series "Ruhrgebiet" with its collieries and blast furnaces, its workers' settlements, railroad tracks and loading ports - a defunct world of which only traces survived - and the other resulting from the 2001 series "Distance" with color pictures of great beauty (dye-transfer) about the vast salt marshes of Ipswich in the northeastern United States, in Massachusetts.

shows infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

Exhibitons (selection)
1981 München, Stadtmuseum
1989 Charleroi, Museum für Photographie, Belgien
1993 Schleswig, Städt. Museum
2000 Boston, University Wanderausstellung bis 2004, USA
2001 Kloster Cismar, Schleswig Holst. Landesmuseum
2005 Filmmuseum Berlin - Hildegard Knef
2006 Grafikmuseum Pablo Picasso, Münster - Françoise Gilot
2007 GRASSI Museum, Leipzig - Inselmenschen
2013 in focus Galerie, Köln


bibliography infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

  • - Françoise Gilot - ein photographisches Portrait, 2006
  • - Ellrichshausen. Bilder aus 100 Jahren, 1999
  • - Mack 60, Photographien: Katalog begleitet die Wanderausstellung des Museums Langes Tannen,
  •    1994 - 1996. Hrsg. Désirée Gudmundsson, 1994
  • - Köln / Cologne. Merian von Ulrich Mack
  • - Pferde, 1982, von Ulrich Mack, Peter Sutermeister
  • - Inselmenschen, Pellworm - Harkers Island, Ein Vergleich, Nieswand V., Kiel 1997
  • - Kennedy in Germany 1963, Hirmer Verlag, 2013