Alfred Ehrhardt spent five months in Portugal in 1951 making his film Portugal – Unbekanntes Land am Meer (Portugal – an unknown country on the sea). Seven years later he returned there for the second visit. As was his custom, Ehrhardt also took pictures at the same time as he was making his movies.
Despite conditions at the time, today's viewer will discover an otherworldly quality in the exotic and archaic images of the country – a country Ehrhardt himself obviously found quite fascinating. He considered the Portuguese led a life “of Biblical simplicity and contemplative serenity”.
Following the exhibitions of Ehrhardt's Portugal images in Berlin and Halle, the A-E-Haus in Triptis is showing the film Portugal – Unbekanntes Land am Meer, in addition to a selection of his photographs.
Further information at: Alfred-Ehrhardt-Stiftung