The distinguished German photojournalist Barbara Klemm will show her works this month in the Center for European Studies (CES) exhibit titled “West Meets East,” which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the reunification of Germany. Through her camera’s lens, and 45 years working with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Klemm has captured eras of turbulent historical happenings and current affairs, and her iconic photographs have shaped the cultural memory of several generations of German citizens and captured nearly half a century of Germany’s history, including the period when the country was divided.
She has photographed celebrities including Mick Jagger, Tom Waits, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, György Ligeti, Andy Warhol, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Her famous photographs include Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev kissing East German leader Erich Honecker in 1979. Throughout her career she has consistently used black-and-white analog (film) photography, typically single photographs rather than series.
“East Meets West” opens Oct. 8 and kicks off with a 4:15 p.m. conversation between Klemm and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Art Benjamin H.D. Buchloh and Mary Elise Sarotte, Professor of International Relations and History and Dean’s Professor of History at the University of Southern California and a CES research associate.
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