Bryan Adams Exposed
Upcoming exhibition from December 8, 2018
Exhibition from December 8, 2018 until February 9, 2019
CAMERA WORK · Kantstrasse 149 · 10623 Berlin · Germany · www.camerawork.de
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday · 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Gallery CAMERA WORK is pleased to present an exhibition of Bryan Adams, starting on December 8, 2018. The exhibition includes more than 40 of his outstanding works and features both main works of his oeuvre and new photographs that are exhibited for the very first time worldwide. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with Crossover.
World-famous of course in his own right as a musician and composer, Bryan Adams has established a formidable reputation for himself over the past decade as a photographic artist of international repute. His meteoric rise in the world of photography is owed above all to his rare talent for capturing a timeless elegance and subtle depths in his images that is as visually enticing as it is thought-provoking. His oeuvre to date has garnered prestigious awards and captured the imagination of gallery-goers around the world.
The works selected for this exhibition focus on his portraits of famous personalities from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and the arts. Perhaps the best known of all Adams’ photographs, they are also amongst the most captivating. Conveying the ever-changing moods and trends associated with fame in our modern world, they reveal an openness between the photographer and each of his subjects – always with an ironic awareness that the photograph is a staged event and an event of self-staging. They speak to us of beauty and desire, but also of world-weariness and rebellion. The palpable sense of trust is perhaps only made possible by the fellow star and friend behind the camera. The resulting works are highly intimate and intensely enjoyable studies with plenty to say about the nature of both celebrity and humanity.
In addition, the exhibition presents selected works from Adams’ highly-praised series »Wounded – The Legacy of War«. The portraits of young British soldiers who have suffered life-changing injuries in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan challenge the viewer through the unexpected directness.
Bryan Adams (*1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and photogtraphic artist. His work has been published in British “Vogue”, “L’uomo Vogue”, American “Vanity Fair”, “Harper’s Bazaar”, British “GQ”, “Esquire”, “Interview”, and “i-D”. His advertising campaigns include brands such as Hugo Boss, Guess Jeans, Sand, Converse, Montblanc, John Richmond, Fred Perry, Escada, as well as Jaguar and Opel cars. Adams has released four books of photography: »American Women« (2004),
“Exposed” (2012), “Wounded – The Legacy of War” (2013), and “Untitled” (2015), among many other published works and collaborations. He co-founded the art fashion »Zoo« magazine in 2003, based in Berlin, for which he shoots regularly. His body of work is part of renowned international collections and has been exhibited in numerous museums such as Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), Museum Fotografiska (Stockholm), Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec (Québec), NRW Forum (Dusseldorf), and Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow).
CAMERA WORK was founded in 1997 in Berlin, and has since then become one of the worldwide leading galleries for photography. With its historically coined gallery name, the company has always followed the philosophy to represent, next to world famous classic photographers such as Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Man Ray and Herb Ritts, young and contemporary artists to manifest the position of photography as an independent genre within visual art and to give room to new positions. CAMERA WORK exclusively represents many prominent contemporary artists in Germany, Europe or around the world such as Tina Berning & Michelangelo Di Battista, Nick Brandt, David Drebin, Jean-Baptiste Huynh, Russell James, Robert Polidori, Eugenio Recuenco, Yoram Roth, Martin Schoeller, and Christian Tagliavini. To give contemporary photography an even bigger significance, CAMERA WORK opened the CWC GALLERY in the beginning of 2012 in Berlin. The CWC GALLERY focuses on contemporary photography exhibitions. CAMERA WORK regularly takes part in the major international photography fairs, such as Paris Photo, Photo Shanghai and Photo London. The, in 2001, founded CAMERA WORK AG owns one of the worldwide most extensive and high quality private photography collections with numerous vintage works of the most famous photographers of the 19th century up to the present. Beyond the emphasis on fashion-, nude and portrait photography, CAMERA WORK also focuses on the genres architecture and still life. The two galleries, CAMERA WORK and CWC GALLERY enable, in collaboration with museums, galleries and other art institutions, to present exhibitions worldwide. The extensive collection of photographs and items of the Kennedy family encouraged the company to open the Museum THE KENNEDYS in 2006 in Berlin, which is the second biggest of its kind in the world.