En ganska okänd bild på Christers favoritmodell Nana från Paris 1960 pryder omslaget till boken ”100 years of Leica Photography”. Ett praktverk som visar bilder av de största Leica-fotograferna genom tiderna. Curator är Hans-Michael Koetzle som även sammanställt vandringsutställningen med samma namn. Boken innehåller 576 sidor och 1200 illustrationer. Christer medverkar med 6 bilder i boken och med 8 bilder i utställningen som öppnades i Hamburg i okt 2014. Den har sen dess visats i Frankfurt, på C/O Berlin och i Wien.
I mars 2014 öppnar utställningen i München.
The exhibition “EYES WIDE OPEN! 100 Years of Leica Photography”
illuminates various aspects of 35mm photography, from journalistic
strategies to documentary approaches and artistic positions.
Among the artists whose work will be shown at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt across two floors are Nobuyoshi Araki, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Bruno Barbey, René Burri, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt, William Eggleston, Ralph Gibson, F. C. Gundlach, Elisabeth Hase,Fred Herzog, Barbara Klemm, Herbert List, Paula Luttringer, Susan Meiselas, Ulrich Mack, Joel Meyerowitz, Paolo Roversi, Jeanloup Sieff, Christer Strömholm, Kai Wiedenhöfer, Paul Wolff and Tom Wood.
More than 200 photographs, supplemented by documentary material, including journals, magazines, books, advertisements, brochures, and camera prototypes, will recount the history of 35mm photography from its beginnings to the present day. The exhibition, which is curated by Hans-Michael Koetzle, follows the course of technological change and photographic history.
Christers 50×60 cm vintageprints from 1965, as shown in Hamburg 2014.
Bookcovers: To the memory of myself, Photo Poche and Poste Restante.
”Christer Strömholm (1918–2002) was one of the great photographers of the 20th century, but he is little known outside of his native Sweden. This exhibition presents his most powerful and acclaimed body of work: Les Amies de Place Blanche, a documentation of transsexual ”ladies of the night” in Paris in the 1960s.
Arriving in Paris in the late 1950s, Strömholm settled in Place Blanche in the heart of the city’s red-light district. There, he befriended and photographed young transsexuals struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations.
Strömholm’s surprisingly intimate portraits and lush Brassaï-like night scenes form a magnificent, dark, and at times quite moving photo album, a vibrant tribute to these girls, the ”girlfriends of Place Blanche.” The photographs were first published in Sweden in 1983, and the book quickly sold out, becoming a cult classic; it is being reissued in French and English this year.
Strömholm’s photo-essay raises profound issues about sexuality and gender; as he wrote in 1983, ”It was then—and still is—about obtaining the freedom to choose one’s own life and identity.” This exhibition, the first presentation of Strömholm’s work in an American museum, is organized by ICP Curatorial Assistant Pauline Vermare.”