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René Groebli

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The Galerie Esther Woerdehoff is pleased to present two emblematic series of early works by the Swiss photographer René Groebli, born in 1927: "Magie der Schiene" (The Magic of the Rail) and "Das Auge der Liebe" (The Eye of Love).

"Magie der Schiene" Groebli’s first book, self-published in 1949. Then only 22, he was beginning his career as a photographer. Traveling regularly outside Switzerland, he took the excuse of a ride on the Paris-Basel Express to achieve this personal work. With an extremely bold style, where the influence of the Bauhaus, the New Objectivity and the Design School in Zurich can be felt, Groebli creates a deeply personal series.

With a different approach, which announces the stylistic freedom that the photographer exercised throughout his whole career, "Das Auge der Liebe" traces the honeymoon of René Groebli and his wife, Rita, in the early 1950s. The couple went to Paris to celebrate their love and stayed in a small hotel in Montparnasse. The photographer took over 300 pictures, with a Rolleiflex and a Leica. The book, published in 1954, retains only 25 photographs, a precise selection made by René and Rita.

The exhibition presents a unique selection of vintage prints and a recent edition of these two series, showcased this Fall by the publication of the book René Groebli, Early Works, by Sturm & Drang editions.

For further information visit: Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

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