Silver gelatin print, 1963 - Gerd Plessl Agency stamp
|Kunstenaar:||Will McBride (1931-2015)|
|Titel van kunstwerk:||Konrad Adenauer, Cadenabbia, 1963|
This photo by Will McBride was made in 1963 (Adenauer was 87 and this was his year of resignation).
It was shot at Konrad Adenauers summer residence Villa La Collina in Cadenabbia at Lake Como, Italy.
Photographer: Will McBride (1931 St. Louis, Missouri, USA - 2015 Berlin, Germany)
Title: Konrad Adenauer, Cadenabbia, 1963
Size (photo/paper): 21x30 cm / 21x30 cm
Signed: agency stamp on verso
Type: Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on Agfa paper
About Will McBride
McBride grew up in Chicago, attended the University of Vermont, then the Art Institute of Chicago, and finally graduated from Syracuse University in 1953. After serving the army, in 1955 he settled in Germany. McBride rose to fame in the 1960s as a pre-eminent documentary photographer. His photo essays appeared in magazines (Life, Paris Match, Stern and Look), work that established him as a definitive chronicler of the Kennedy and Adenauer years.
Will McBride was a controversial artist. The bulk of his photography work is not often seen in the USA. McBride’s work focuses on young nudity and he has experienced censorship and censure around his photo’s for his 1975 book Show Me! (Zeig Mal!), which the U.S. publisher withdrew from publication. Even as the sexual revolution swept through Europe, McBride’s work still had the power to stun and outrage: the 1960 image of his pregnant wife prompted a scandal when it was published in German magazine Twen. His images of young male nudes also provoked shock in their day. In 1970, he collaborated with psychoanalyst and sex educator Martin Goldstein on The Sex Book (Lexicon der Sexualitat) to create a “pictorially honest encyclopedia on sex” – and even if the information is dated by 21st century standards, it probably stands as one of the most artistic sex almanac you’ll ever see.
His work has the gritty, involved quality of 1950s photographers such as William Klein and Ed van der Elsken, both clear influences on McBride. Their aesthetic was to break down the barrier between subject and artist, for the artist to become “engaged,” to participate in the milieu of the photograph as an insider. It was an aesthetic with political overtones, one advocated by Sartre and the French Existentialists. Photography was an attempt to remove space between lens and subject, to eschew the posed, hard-edged formalism of the Bauhaus. McBride has also created an impressive body of studio work, influenced by his early training as a painter. He is also known as a painter and sculptor. In 1997 a retrospective was published: “I, Will McBride”. In 2004 McBride received the Dr. Erich Salomon Prize, which is bestowed by the German Photographic Association. Towards the end of his life, McBride focused more on painting – though he picked up his camera once again in 2011 for a fashion editorial in Dazed. McBride’s love affair with Berlin never faded. In November 2014, the C/O Berlin Photography Foundation staged a retrospective of his photography entitled ‘I Fell in Love with This City’.
Exhibitions: Galerie Eva Poll Berlin, Galerie Johannes Faber Wien, Galleria d'Arte Moderne I GAM Bologna, Kamera- und Fotomuseum Leipzig.
About Konrad Adenauer:
Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer (5 January 1876 – 19 April 1967) was a German statesman who served as the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) from 1949 to 1963. He led his country from the ruins of World War II to a productive and prosperous nation that forged close relations with France, the United Kingdom and the United States. During his years in power West Germany achieved democracy, stability, international respect and economic prosperity ("Wirtschaftswunder", German for "economic miracle"). He was the first leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), a Christian Democratic party that under his leadership became one of the most influential parties in the country.
Adenauer, who was Chancellor until age 87, was dubbed "Der Alte" ("the old man"). British historian Roy Jenkins says he was "the oldest statesman ever to function in elected office." He belied his age by his intense work habits and his uncanny political instinct. He displayed a strong dedication to a broad vision of market-based liberal democracy and anti-communism. A shrewd politician, Adenauer was deeply committed to a Western-oriented foreign policy and restoring the position of West Germany on the world stage. He worked to restore the West German economy from the destruction of World War II to a central position in Europe, presiding over the German Economic Miracle. He reestablished the German military (Bundeswehr) in 1955. He came to terms with France, which made possible the economic unification of Western Europe. Adenauer opposed rival East Germany and made his nation a member of NATO and a firm ally of the United States.
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