Helga Paris. Photography
From the series "Russian Veterans of World War II", New York, 1995
From the series "Russian Veterans of World War II", New York, 1995
From the series "Buildings and Faces. Halle, 1983-85"
From the series "Buildings and Faces. Halle, 1983-85"

The work of Helga Paris (*1938) occupies an outstanding position in German photography. Alternating between single images and series, it presents a pictorial record of German history encompassing more than 30 years. With her both strict and affectionate eye, Paris reports on life in the state that was founded as the Workers' and Peasants' State in 1949 in the aftermath of the Second World War and existed east of the Cold War divide until 1989.
Paris is interested in the commonplace and sometimes banal moments of interaction and togetherness: postures, looks, gestures, movements, surface textures and rooms that testify as much to the circumstances, stories and experiences of people and things as to the way of dealing with these circumstances.
Thanks to her special talent for photographing neglected streets and decaying houses with the same compassionate and affectionate rigour as pub customers and playing children, Paris endows people and objects with a special dignity.
In producing this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue, ifa is resorting to the show at the Sprengel Museum Hannover in 2004 and the monograph published on the occasion.

Inka Schube

Biography

  • 1938
    born in Gollnow (Pomerania)
  • 1956–1960
    studied at the Fachschule für Bekleidung, Berlin
    Lecturer in costume design history; worked as commercial artist and photographic lab associate
  • 1967
    self-educational photographic activity
  • 1972–1990
    member of the Association of Visual Artists (Verband Bildender Künstler) of former German Democratic Republic
  • 1996
    member of the Berlin Academy of Arts
  • lives in Berlin
  • Artists' Database

Exhibition catalogue

Helga Paris. Photography – Stuttgart: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, 2012. – 208 pp.

Helga Paris

Photography. – Stuttgart: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, 2012. – 208 pp.

Extra

ifa | Exhibition premiere at the Gallery for Contemporary Art (GfZK) in Leipzig.

Coming up:

01.02.2018 – 08.04.2018
ifa-Galerie Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany
20.04.2018 – 11.05.2018
Cluj Napoca, Romania