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René Groebli: Early Work

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From September 25 to December 18, 2022, the Photography Forum of the Aachen City Region dedicates a major showcase to the early oeuvre of René Groebli – one of the most accomplished black-and-white photographers of the 20th century.


Born 1927 in Zurich, Switzerland, Groebli was only 26 years old when he was asked to be part of the legendary exhibition ‘The Family of Man’, curated by Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. In the early 1950s, Groebli was a reportage photographer for international magazines such as Life and Picture Post. He also spent time in Africa and the Middle East on behalf of London’s Black Star agency.

‘Early Work’ features a comprehensive selection of Groebli’s widely acclaimed visual essays, including ‘Rail Magic’, ‘The Eye of Love’ and ‘Beryl Chen’. The photographer’s ability to capture the intangible – to convey a palpable experience of the atmosphere, smells and sounds of a depicted scene – remains unparalleled to this day.

The exhibition, which comprises around 140 black-and-white images spanning from 1945 to 1955, was curated by Dr. Thomas Buchsteiner and Dr. Nina Mika-Helfmeier.


For further information visit Städteregion Aachen

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