Exhibitions at in focus Galerie
Pariser Haute-Couture der 50er Jahre
Willy Maywald (1907-1985) was one of the most important photographers in Paris from the
1930s to the 1960s. His training at the Werkkunstschulen in Krefeld, Cologne and Berlin
shaped his avant-garde formal language. In 1932 he moved to the Seine, where he made
friends with many protagonists of artistic modernism.
His range of subjects, which includes both commissioned and free works, extends from a
spectacular collection of portrait photographs and fashion photos for all the major Parisian c… more
Rheinischer Kunstpreis 2020
Herbert Döring-Spengler hat in einem sehr konsequent verfolgten künstlerischen Weg die Existenz des Menschen mit experimentellen fotografischen und zeichnerischen
Werkserien ausgeleuchtet und in überraschenden Bildern festgehalten. Seine Werke gebärden sich so expressiv wie fragil, meist irritierend, und das nicht nur aufgrund ihrer farbintensiven Ästhetik, sondern auch in Bezug auf ihre motivischen Setzungen.
Die Fotografie ist dabei für ihn ein flexibles kü… more
Die bekannte schweizerisch-französische Fotografin Sabine Weiss starb am 28. Dezember 2021 im Alter von 97 Jahren in Paris.
Über fast acht Jahrzehnte lang hielt Weiss den gesellschaftlichen Wandel in ihren Bildern fest. Sie galt als letzte Vertreterin der französischen Schule der humanistischen Fotografie, der auch Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis oder Brassaï angehörten.
In Erinnerung an diese großartige Fotografin zeigt die Kabinett-Ausstellung eine Auswahl ihre… more
From the ancient mural to the baroque still life to contemporary photography: flowers are one of the most popular motifs in art history. For 25 years, Zurich-based photographer Anna Halm Schudel has been working on the traditional subject. She celebrates the luminous splendour of colours and the variety of shapes and thus the seduction of flowers. Equally passionately, the photographer follows the process of fading and wilting, shooting dry or underwater bouquets. Blossom combines decorative s… more
"What a life - between photography and fine arts, sculpture and panel painting, France and America. A life
between countries and cultures, languages and sensitivities. Not that Louis Stettner couldn't have made up
his mind. But he probably needed this oscillation between the continents, the cities and disciplines in order
to be able to re-enact life's big questions over and over again. "Being a photographer", he once said, "means
Born in… more
The exhibition "René Groebli - Platinum Palladium Prints" introduces the viewer to the exciting work of
Groebli with pictures that were created using the noblest, most stable and most exclusive process. Each
enlargement is unique. Such a print loses none of its intensity over time and is not permanently damaged by exposure to light. The shades of gray are many times richer and so fine compared to the silver gelatin prints that even in dark areas you can still see the drawing.… more
The Cologne-based in focus Gallery - Burkhard Arnold can look back on three decades of successful work in the field of art mediation in January 2020. Founded at the beginning of 1990 in Hochstadenstraße as an author's gallery, it quickly developed into a professionally managed company that has become an indispensable part of Cologne's cultural landscape.
Today, in focus Galerie is one of the oldest photo galleries in Germany with an international exhibition program. In concr… more
Sissi Farassat was born in 1969 in Tehran and moved with her family to Vienna in 1978, where she still lives and works today. She has been working as a photographer since 1991 and participated in the 1993 International Summer Academy under the direction of Nan Goldin. She was a student of Friedl Kubelka at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst Fotografie in Vienna (1993-94). She then received a scholarship from the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts to realize her series S… more
This is a presentation of one of René Mächler's first series, which already anticipates many features of his later major work of abstract concrete photography. They are abstracting, analytically detailed body landscapes designed for extreme contrasts.
Mächler commented on these works: "When I take photographs, I want to testify, but I do not want to capture the matter itself, but the meaning of the matter."
The in focus gallery shows very rare vintage photogra… more
The exhibition is dedicated to the exiting Pin Ups and girls' pictures of the german-american photographer Bruno Bernard, better known as Bernard of Hollywood (1911-1987).
In 1934 Bernard promoted in criminal psychology in Germany and emigrated 1936 to the USA because of hisJewish ancestry. There he photographed in Los Angeles since 1938 and opened his studio two years later in Hollywoods Sunset Blvd 9055, where he run succesfully the studio for twentyfive years.
At this place he phot… more
The great French photographer Sabine Weiss is considered the grande dame of humanistic photography and has been compiling a life's work in over seven decades, centering on photographs from Paris. She lives there since 1946. As a trained portraitist, she has not only created timeless character studies of celebrities, but she has also repeatedly photographed people on the street in random situations. She is a brilliant storyteller, her photographs live from a precise observation and multi-l… more
Thomas Hoepker (*1936, Munich) is regarded as one of the most famous reportage photographers in the world. Initially a photo reporter and correspondent for the stern, he photographed all over the world and, among other things, took pictures of contemporary historical significance. Later he became Art Director at stern, Executive Editor at GEO and President of Magnum Photos. Hoepker thus established himself in some of the most important positions in the international photography scene. Book … more
Frankreich 1935 - 1985
In this exhibition the two internationally famous French photographers Willy Ronis and Marc Riboud guide the viewer through the everyday life in Paris from 1935 to 1985.
Willy Ronis, a representative of the French school of humanism, showed in his works the "normal life on the street". His photographs focused on people and showed mainly simple workers, women and children, who populated the streets and cafés. By deliberately omitting artificial sources of light, he created … more
Sandro Giordano (I) alias Remmidemmi lichtet den Moment ab, in dem alles schief gegangen ist, meistens mitten im Alltag beim Einkaufen, Putzen oder der Gartenarbeit. Grotesk überspitzt natürlich.
Darum liegen seine bunt gekleideten Models in hoffnungslos verrenkten Haltungen über Parkbänken oder Treppenstufen. Die Bilder sind sorgfältig arrangiert.
"Meine Bilder sind Kurzgeschichten", sagt der Fotograf über seine Werke. Er ist fasziniert vom Moment d… more
In focus Gallery presents a thematically exhibition from the Gallery’s collection, as a tribute to the beauty of women. "so beautiful" will take the viewer on a journey from 1940 up to today to discover exceptional works of art photography that focus on the beauty of women.
The exhibition "so beautiful" takes the liberty to focus on beauty and aesthetics in the #MeToo discussion and is also a reaction to the tendency in contemporary photography, to show everyday an… more
In the most extreme conditions, and mostly completely alone, French photographer Vincent Munier travels the Arctic and Antarctic. For several hundred kilometers he wanders through the snow-swept and barren landscapes of the Arctic Circle to meet their inhabitants at close range. He has made numerous expeditions to the White Wolves, to the "Spirits of the Tundra", as the Inuit call them, which particularly captivate him.
The in focus gallery now presents a spectacular selection of h… more
In focus gallery, Cologne is proud to present acclaimed artist Scarlett Hooft Graafland "Shores Like You"
in her first exhibition in Germany.
Scarlett Hooft Graafland (1973) creates magical photographic images in far-flung places, including the high-altitude salt flats in Bolivia, remote farm sheds in Iceland, the beaches of Yemen, Madagascar, the polar region and the Dutch village of Gorinchem. Her work touches upon major themes such as the disappearance of traditional cultures a… more
Seeing and Being Seen / Sehen und gesehen werden
The human face is surprisingly full of expression and we tend to “scan” it in order to differentiate between the smallest changes in mimics of others. The recognition of human faces and mimics is so important that an entire area in our brains is devoted solely to this task. So it is not too surprising that the portrayal of the human face also takes up a great role in art.
Since ancient times, artists have been producing portraits not only of rulers, but also of prominent figures o… more
For many years and through his work, the photo artist Döring-Spengler has dealt with the topic of the human being and its interaction with the world and society. In his latest work, photography is an artistic tool which is constantly altered through overlapping and editing with different techniques in order to create artistic-picturesque statements. These latest developments are implemented in the so-called "Diazetten".
This technique creates collages of pictures through overl… more
The "altered landscape" has long been a theme in photography. In 1975 William Jenkins curated the exhibition New Topographics at George Eastman House, which featured Robert Adams and Stephen Shore, among others. This seminal exhibition was both a reflection of the local environment, including a highly conceptual, documentary, detached and socially critical comment on an increasingly modern world, which was driven by economic rationality and mostly absent of its makers.
The exhibition … more
Photography without camera / Fotografie ohne Kamera
As it is manifested in its own name, light is the most important requirement for every photography. Precisely, light and shadow are not only a prerequisite for the final picture, there are also a great challenge for the artists.
With this exhibition the in focus gallery presents photography without camera, today as well as back in the days. It is pure photography based on the very own principle of light and the light sensitive beam. The light stands in the center. It plays an ideal, shaping… more
The exhibition René Groebli "Early Work"" will present a unique selection of vintage and modern prints from Groeblis early years: "London", Eye of Love", "Rail Magic", "Beryl Chen" and more.
"Who is René Groebli? He is a blind spot. Perhaps he is the proverbial blind spot, the «Missing Link» in the history of modern Swiss photography.
The first to notice him was the American photographer and curator Edward Stei… more
90th Anniversary. A Life in Pictures.
25 years in focus gallery
In focus gallery will celebrate its 25th gallery annivesary in January, 2015. In Germany there are only few galleries who have presented more than 25 years in a continuous work photography as art. During the past 25 years the gallerist Burkhard Arnold introduced in
more than 140 exhibitions beside famous photographers as for example just passed away Lucien Clergue, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Franco Fontana, Greg Gorman, F.C. Gundlach, Thomas Hoepker, Susan Meiselas, Marc Riboud, Willy R… more
Marc Riboud Ausstellung / Exhibition 11.01.2014 – 26.02.2014
Contemporary American Photography
Erotische Fotografie des 20. Jahrhunderts
Vintage Prints 50er+60er Jahre
Vintage Prints 50er+60er Jahre
Fotografien und Fotogramme