More than a hundred pictures by German photographer Sibylle Bergemann feature in an exhibition that opens in Masterton this weekend.
Sibylle Bergamann: Photographs includes 125 pieces by the photographer, and opens at Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of History and Art on October 6
High glamour in a rundown setting is now a familiar fashion photography convention, but Bergemann was one of the first to do this.
Bergemann (1941-2010, Berlin) was interested in "the fringes of the world, not its centre... when there is something in faces or landscapes that doesn't quite fit", as she once said.
She began her training as a commercial photographer in the late 1960s with Arno Fischer.
From 1970 to 1995, she worked as a portrait and fashion photographer for fashion magazine Sybille. S
Bergemann was also the co-founder of photo agency Ostkreuz, and was a prominent documentary photographer.
Ursula Zeller has curated the Masterton exhibition.
She says Bergemann is remembered as one of the most important photographers in Germany, and was an empathetic person.
"You can see that the people she portrayed trusted her, that they opened up to her."
Bergemann's work is noted for the diversity of her subjects, her insight and sensitivity, and possibly an East German perspective which Zeller says can be characterised by a sober, authentic and more realistic view, says Zeller.
Asked whether the photographer made a distinction between her commercial and "fine art" photography, Zeller says:
"No, both were important to her and she would give her best."
Zeller will give a floor talk on Saturday at 11am about the exhibition and Bergemann.
The exhibition runs from Saturdy to December 9. Also on at Aratoi: Bull-etin Butty, till October 21.
- Wairarapa News