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Bill Perlmutter's work in Berlin for the first time

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From May 8 to July 17, 2015, the Hilaneh von Kories Gallery is presenting work by New York photographer Bill Perlmutter. 82 years-old today, the photographer travelled through Europe in 1954 on assignment for the US Army. "Europe in the Fifties. Through a Soldier’s Lens" shows a selection of his images from Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Perlmutter's work is a photographic and historic discovery that is being shown in Berlin for the first time.

A fascinating theatre of reality
The photographer's view of Europe in the post-war era is immediate and direct. The young GI began his photographic reportage with little previous knowledge and a certain degree of prejudice induced by film. With an open eye and evident interest in his contemporaries, he travelled through and experienced Europe a bare decade after the end of the war. Full of curiosity, the photographer captures scenes and moments of street life and, on the whole, the people he portrayed posed unselfconsciously in front of his camera. He does not observe them, but rather shows a lot of empathy, applying a humanistic approach to his photography. “The street became the stage and the people the performers in a constantly changing and fascinating theatre of reality,” Perlmutter says about his photographic inspiration.

Further information at: Galerie Hilaneh von Kories, Bill Perlmutter

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