»Face the Camera«
Opening: Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 19.30h
Introduction: Gisela Kayser, Director Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus
Speakers: Cordula Lebeck (Archiv Robert Lebeck), Sylvia Böhmer (Curator Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum)
Exhibition: March 23 – May 22, 2016
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12-18h
Free Admission, ID card required
Among the most esteemed German photojournalists of the postwar period, Robert Lebeck used his charisma and mischievous nature to instantly and naturally connect with his subjects. He made no distinction between rich or poor; in front of his camera, all were equal. His photographs of celebrities and world leaders such as Elvis Presley, Woody Allen, Romy Schneider and Willy Brandt have long been lodged in Germany’s collective visual memory. Lebeck’s wife, archivist and closest creative companion, Cordula Lebeck, has collected a stunning array of mostly unpublished photographs from the late 1950s to the ’70s. Face the Camera allows us to discover Lebeck’s endless sense of wonder and ferocious curiosity for everyday life in a time of great change.
Robert Lebeck, born in 1929 in Berlin, studied ethnology before turning to photography. For three decades he traveled widely as a photojournalist for Stern, interrupted only by a short interlude as the editor-in-chief for photography at GEO. He received the Dr. Erich Salomon Award from the German Photographic Society in 1991 and the first Henri Nannen Award in 2007 for his life’s work. Also an avid photo collector, Lebeck died in 2014.
For the exhibition a catalogue is published by Steidl Verlag:
Robert Lebeck – Face the Camera, ISBN 978-3-95829-143-0