Shadows from Light is the title of a picture by Alexander Camaro and at the same time the heading of the exhibition in which the photographer Lothar Wolleh meets the painter Alexander Camaro, whom he portrayed. The occupation with shadow and light runs through the works of both artists as a recurring theme. For the first time, Wolleh's independent colored oeuvre will be comprehensively shown in Berlin.
From 2000 onwards, Wolleh was rediscovered, especially with his black and white portraits of well-known artists. His innovative color photographs have so far remained in the shadow of these portraits. The juxtaposition with the works of Alexander Camaro reveals a surprising closeness between photographer and painter in their understanding of color and light.
From 1962 Lothar Wolleh created his own color compositions, developed with light, shadow, blurring and blurring using analog technology, which made him a pioneer of German experimental color photography alongside Erwin Fieger, Peter Cornelius and Walter Boje, among others. The reason for the photos shown here was the Second Vatican Council from 1962 to 1965. Lothar Wolleh took photos in Rome for his first photo book The Council. Second Vatican Council, which was published in 1965 by Belser-Verlag, as well as for the volume Apostolorum Limina, Arkade Verlag, Brussels, 1975. The images shown in the Camaro Foundation were not created as part of a commission, but are a separate artistic experiment the background of the two books.
Magical presence of photography
"Wolleh's pictures have an extraordinary freshness, they cannot be classified, they are completely out of competition, settled somewhere between painting and photography.
How Lothar Wolleh creates finely calculated and absolutely stylish watercolor-like photographic images with the analogue technology of his time can make every visual and digital artist of today fade.
These photographs have a magical presence and gorgeous colors. A subtle play with the colors and shapes of strength and power that opens our eyes to a non-denominational sacredness. It is the pioneering work of an artist who pushes the boundaries of his original medium". (Paula Anke)
Camaro maintained friendships with other artists whose charismatic personalities he valued. He made no distinctions between the various artistic genres and valued Wolleh's photographs as works of art in their own right.
The overpainting of the large Camaro portrait, sitting on the open table, bears witness to the matey cooperation. Camoro´s overpainting of the photographic portray is undated and is classified by the Alexander and Renata Camaro Foundation in the mid-1970s. It's not unlikely that Renata and Alexander Camaro worked together on this.
Shadows of Light. Lothar Wolleh and Alexander Camaro in the
Alexander and Renata Camaro Foundation
Potsdamer Strasse 98A
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Thursday 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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All photos in this article are courtesy of Matthias Reichelt, courtsey Alexander and the Renata Camaro Foundation