The 206 Gallery in Berlin presents an exhibition of works by Frankfurt-based photographer Jörg Steinmetz. The selection is centred on portraits set in a variety of surroundings – with the aim of capturing a moment in which a specific atmosphere of the subject's life becomes apparent.
With its multitude of possible meanings and interpretations, the portrait is perhaps the most complex form of visual art. In portrait photography, there is a link of communication between artist, camera, subject and observer – giving rise to a wide scope of interpretation that includes the observer's personal experiences.
In his introduction to the photo book 'be here now', released in conjunction with the exhibition, Roger Willemsen writes that "the moments during which a subject does not intend to be captured on camera are among the most precious attainments in photography. They are particularly rare among people in the public eye [...]. The photographs of Jörg Steinmetz are full of such moments." Rather than glamorous portraits, his images seem more like fleeting snapshots, whose stillness infuses them with an inherent power.
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