Sibylle Bergemann

Die Polaroids

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Sibylle Bergemann
Die Polaroids

Text(s) by Jutta Voigt, ed. Bernd Heise, Frieda von Wild, Arno Fischer, graphic design by Michael de Maizière

German, English

2011. 144 pp., 111 ills.


15.00 x 21.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2843-0

Moments caught poetically and sensitively on film—Polaroids by Sibylle Bergemann.

The late, great German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) always pursued her own artistic path. Even her earliest works, for the East German fashion magazine Sibylle, were like brilliant flares of color amid the uniform Socialist gray. Her later portraits, photojournalism, and travel photography—most of them in color—continued to concentrate on the realities of life, and were printed in leading magazines around the world. Bergemann’s Polaroids occupied a very special, personal place in her oeuvre. In these pictures, the artist captured things that are basically impossible to catch—the beautiful moment that will not linger. This moment is as temporary as the medium in which the contours are shown. They are dreamlike, delicate images, created to fight the way that humans forget, and they avoid any sort of categorization in terms of time and space.

Exhibition schedule: Leonhardi Museum Dresden, June 17–September 4, 2011 | C|O Berlin July 2–September 4, 2011

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The Art of the Polaroid: “The aesthetic purpose of the new camera is to make available a new medium of expression to those who have an artistic interest in the world around them.” (Edwin Land)

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