From September 7, 2019 to February 9, 2020 Bremen’s Focke Museum commemorates legendary Leica photographer Hans Saebens, who passed away fifty years ago, with a special exhibition.
Marking five decades since the death of Hans Saebens, the Focke Museum in Bremen, Germany, commemorates the legendary Leica photographer’s work with a special exhibition, titled ‘Pictures for Bremen. 1930-1969’.
Saebens first achieved acclaim in the 1930s with his black and white depictions of the landscapes and people of Northern Germany. Throughout his career, he also frequently focused his attentions on his home city of Bremen. The majority of these images were taken for purposes such as municipal marketing or to promote local trade, industry and gastronomy. Yet the city and its harbours also became the subject of many of the photographer’s personal works.
Saebens adhered to an objective and documentary style. At the same time, however, many of his images – particularly his night-time harbour scenes, as well as compositions using strong contrasts of light and shadow – are deeply atmospheric.
This comprehensive selection of pictures from the museum’s own collection now enables visitors to rediscover the photographer’s extraordinary oeuvre. Along with numerous well-known images, the exhibition features rarely shown and previously unpublished works. The display also includes images taken before World War II, which provide historical insights into the city and its architecture during the pre-war era.
The exhibition opens on September 6, 2019 at 6 pm.
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