Werner Herzog, cinema visionary and exceptional director, is celebrating his 75th birthday in September this year. From September 2 to October 14, 2017 and in honour of this anniversary, the Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art Gallery in Berlin is hosting Werner Herzog – Challenging the Impossible, an exhibition of photographs by Beat Presser.
Born in Basel in 1952, Beat Presser has been a photographer and freelance cameraman working on his own projects for the length of his professional career. In the mid seventies, he worked as an editor for the legendary photo magazines Palm Beach News and The Village Cry. Presser’s portraits of the actor Klaus Kinski are particularly well known internationally. The Leica photographer’s work is seen in galleries and museums worldwide, as well as in numerous photo books.
Beat Presser worked with Werner Herzog as camera assistant and unit photographer on Herzog’s films Fitzcarraldo (1982), Cobra Verde (1987) and Invincible (2001). Some of the resulting photographs taken at the time are today considered iconic images of film history.
A large-format offset print with eleven images, a reminiscence by Beat Presser and an essay by Jürgen Theobaldy have been published on the occasion of the exhibition.
Further information at: Egbert Baqué Contemporary and Beat Presser