HAMBURG.-Museum Fur Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
presents today The Best is often the Memories - Photographic Portraits of Romy Schneider, on view through April 13, 2009. Herbert List, Max Scheler, Roger Fritz, F. C. Gundlach, Will McBride, Peter Brüchmann, Werner Bokelberg, Helga Kneidl and Robert Lebeck took photos of Romy Schneider in quite different ways, as a young girl, in her film roles, together with her children, apparently unobserved in everyday situations or in set poses and dressed up in various costumes, merry or pensive, beautiful and fragile. More than 140 pictures will be on show, of which about 40 are being exhibited for the first time.
Hardly any other star has left us with so many different and conflicting images as Romy Schneider. She was photographed thousands of times and yet she always remained enigmatic. Some of the photographers whose work is presented in this exhibition only met Romy once Herbert List, for instance, captured her as a teenager around 1954 on pictures which remained unknown until recently or accompanied her throughout her life, like Robert Lebeck, who succeeded in taking disturbingly personal pictures of her from the 1950s through to shortly before her death.
These snapshots conjure up once again the legend that was Romy, while at the same time making a powerful statement which reveals the transitoriness of existence. Because that is the core of what a photo does: it creates an image in order to bear lasting witness to an event which happened yet at the very moment of capturing the image on film, it is no more than the proof that the fleeting moment has passed.
The photos by Herbert List, Werner Bokelberg, Peter Brüchmann, Roger Fritz and Max Scheler are being shown publicly for the first time. This also applies to the majority of the photos by F. C. Gundlach and Will McBride. The pictures by Helga Kneidl and Robert Lebeck have already appeared in books about Romy Schneider. These volumes are however now out of print.
The catalogue to this exhibition has been published by Hatje Cantz Verlag and is available at a price of 29.80 : Beate Kemfert (publisher).