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The exhibition ‘Stadt Land Hund’ with works by Sibylle Bergemann is on show at the Berlinische Galerie until October 10, 2022.

Comprising a selection of over 200 photographs (30 of which have never been published), the exhibition ‘Stadt Land Hund’ represents a comprehensive survey of Sibylle Bergemann’s oeuvre. Bergemann (1941–2010) ranks among Germany’s most renowned photographers. For more than four decades, the artist built up an extraordinary treasure trove of urban scenes, portraits, fashion photographs and essay-style reportages.

The city, strong women, and – as suggested by the German exhibition title – dogs were among the artist’s frequently recurring themes. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, wanderlust became a driving force in Bergemann’s work – taking her everywhere from Dakar and Moscow to Paris and New York.

Even at the young age of 15, Bergemann wanted to be a photographer. In 1958, she initially embarked on an apprenticeship in business administration, followed by various secretarial jobs. From the mid-sixties onwards, Bergemann worked as a freelance photographer for the monthly publication ‘Das Magazin’ in East Berlin. This was were she met her future partner, photographer Arno Fischer (1927–2011), who was a lecturer at Berlin’s Weissensee Academy of Art and introduced her to his circle of friends.
Throughout the 1970s, Bergemann’s artistic and professional position went from strength to strength, thanks both to her magazine experience and inspiring connections with photographers such as Brigitte Voigt and Roger Melis.

For further information visit Berlinische Galerie

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