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New York 60s

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The Munich City Museum presents a showcase of photographs by Sepp Werkmeister, open from 31 July to 27 September 2015.

Werkmeister ranks among Germany's most acclaimed jazz photographers. Throughout the decades, the Munich-born photographer has captured famous musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson and Miles Davis in Munich, Paris, New York or at international festivals, creating remarkable portraits in classic black and white. His images can be found on countless album covers, posters, books and jazz publications.

However, Werkmeister's street photographs of New York in the 60s and 70s are virtually unknown.  At that time, the streets of the Big Apple were a ready backdrop for extreme social contrast. Amidst the raw, sometimes violent atmosphere, Werkmeister captured the full spectrum of New York City society – a social portrait that ranges from abandoned street cruisers and homeless drug addicts to the flamboyant attire of ultra-chic pedestrians.

The exhibition contains around 120 unpublished images from the photographer's archive.

An accompanying, multi-language catalogue (English/German) with texts by Fritz J. Raddatz and Ulrich Pohlmann is also available, released by Hirmer Publishing, Munich.

For further information visit Munich City Museum

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