The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations is delighted to be able to present an exhibition of the work of Arno Fischer (b. 1927). A representative selection of some 140 photographs provides a comprehensive overview of the outstanding oeuvre of the photographer and photography teacher whose black-and-white pictures have influenced generations of photographers in both East and West Germany and further afield.
The exhibition presents the different phases of Arno Fischer’s work, starting with his early photographic essay ‘Situation Berlin’ which takes an in-depth look at the ‘four-sector city’. The construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 put paid to its publication.
Also on show are Arno Fischer’s photographs for the East German culture and fashion magazine Sibylle as well as his fascinating portraits of celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich. Numerous travel pictures from all over East Germany, but also from India, Africa and New York, form another highlight of the exhibition.
The last section of the exhibition is devoted to a series of intimate Polaroid pictures of Arno Fischer’s garden. The artist has arranged the still lifes and detail shots in groups. They show an essence, a concentration of his work.
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