René Groebli (born October 9, 1927) accomplished his first major breakthrough with the photo book ‘Magie der Schiene’ (Railway Magic). Released in 1949, the seminal publication showed Groebli to be one of the leading pioneers of the Subjective Photography movement. In the early 1950s, the Swiss photographer worked as a reporter for various international magazines, including LIFE and Picture Post. From the 1960s onwards, he ran a successful studio for industrial and commercial photography. Groebli eventually turned his back on advertising in the early 1980s, in order to focus on the expressive possibilities of black and white photography.
He was always keenly aware of the importance of photo books for the dissemination of his work. Today, his legendary publications are sought-after collectors’ items. Leica Gallery Frankfurt now dedicates an illuminating exhibition to the visionary photographer, whose continual stylistic evolution has earnt him the description of ‘artist in motion’.
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