10 best exhibitions of the EMOP

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The editors of Berlin Mafia choose the best ten shows and exhibitions of the European Month of Photography in Berlin this year.

The EMOP is the most important photography event in the German capital, with more than 500 artist and 100 shows we did the homework so you don’t waste your time. Here are the best 10 exhibitions to visit during the European Month of Photography:

1- Joel Meyerowitz at the Helmut Newton Stiftung

9.10. – 16.05.2021

©Joel Meyerowitz, all rights reserved

There’s not doubt Helmut Newton was one of the most influential Berlin photographers and his museum one of the most important. For this EMOP edition the Museum für Fotografie brings a very special show: America 1970s/80s. 

Joel Meyerowitz large-format camera portraits in Provincetown, Massachusetts. American photographer Sheila Metzner and photographs taken by Evelyn Hofer in New York in the 1960s and ’70s, make this exhibtion a must-see. 

Helmut Newton Stiftung
Jebensstraße 2
Museum für Fotografie
10623 Berlin – Charlottenburg
Admission 10 € Reduced 5 €
Tuesday-Sunday 11 am – 7 pm
Thursday 11 am – 8 pm

2- THE PROLETARIAN EYE
WORKERS’ PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE 1920S BY KURT PFANNSCHMIDT, ERNST THORMANN, AND RICHARD WOIKE. BLACKBOX #9

1.10. – 24.01.2021

© Kurt Pfannschmidt: Rasur im Auto, o.J., Copyright Ernst-Thormann-Archiv

Twenty-three years old and unemployed, Ernst Thormann decided to explore Berlin’s Scheunenviertel with the plate camera. His glass-plate photographs of the time, taken between the S-Bahn arches behind the Börse and Alexanderplatz train stations, are unique documents of everyday Jewish life in Berlin.

Do we need to say more?

Bröhan-Museum
Schloßstraße 1A
14059 Berlin – Charlottenburg
Admission 8,- € /  5,- €
Tue–Sun 10–18 h

3- ATOPIE
GRADUATES’ EXHIBITION #27 SUPERVISED BY EVA BERTRAM AND EVA MARIA OCHERBAUER

19.09. – 25.10.2020

© Kyriakos Tarassidis: Portrait of Oscar, 2020, Copyright Kyriakos Tarassidis

Utopia, dystopia… atopia! The exhibition of the New School of Photography’s brings nine current graduates who don’t tackle the extreme but the indescribable in-between, the ungraspable, that which can’t be located.

“How much discomfort can images still create today? Are there intergalactic intersections between plastic and fashion? And what happens in our minds, if amorphous structures transform into projection screens and their substance dissolves?”

Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin
Brunnenstraße 188-190
10119 Berlin – Mitte
Thu–Sun 13–18 h
Free admission

4- BLIND PHOTOGRAPHERS
Susanne Emmermann, Mary Hartwig, Silja Korn, Gerald Pirner

3.10. – 17.01.2021

Mary Hartwig: Der Besuch, 2018, Copyright © Mary Hartwig

Can photographers be blind? Four artists from different generations, all of whom lost their sense of sight at some point in their lives answer this question in this unique show. For years now, each of them has been artistically exploring something that is essentially impossible: the act of seeing.

F3 – FREIRAUM FÜR FOTOGRAFIE
Waldemarstraße 17
10179 Berlin – Mitte
Wed–Sun 13–19 h
Admission 5 € / reduced 3 €

5- LEICA OSKAR BARNACK AWARD 2019
MUSTAFAH ABDULAZIZ, NANNA HEITMANN

1.10. – 31.10.2020

Mustafah Abdulaziz: Wattamolla. Australia, 2017. From the series Water, 2017, Copyright © Mustafah Abdulaziz

What does water mean to people on different continents and how do they deal with this vital resource? People’s relationship to water reflects how they treat their environment.

The Leica Camera AG presents the winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2019, Mustafah Abdulaziz, with his series Water, and the winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award Newcomer 2019, Nanna Heitmann, with her series Hiding from Baba Yaga.

CAPITIS Studios
Kronenstraße 71
10117 Berlin – Mitte
Thu–Fri 14–18 h, Sat 12–16 h
Free admission

6-  BUCHT
Lena Maria Loose

20.09. – 2.10.2020

Lena Maria Loose: Bucht, from the series Bucht, 2019, © Lena Maria Loose

The subject of this exhibition it’s perhaps one of the most important topics of our time: BUCHT is a work about

7- WINGED
A FASHION SERIES BY ESTHER HAASE

5.10. – 23.10.2020

Esther Haase in der IMAGO Camera: Beflügelt02, 2014, © Esther Haase

Experimental fashion photography taken in one of the biggest analogue cameras in the world. Fascinating.

“The experiment began in 2014, when the fashion photographer Esther Haase (Hamburg / London) discovered and used first the IMAGO Camera in Berlin. Susanna Kraus, artist and operational head behind IMAGO put all of her skills in handling the IMAGO camera at her service. This was how Esther Haase explored the potential of combining professional fashion shoots and bulky, analog, 1: 1 photography in a single project.”

IMAGO Camera Berlin
Prinzenstraße 85 im Aufbau Haus
10969 Berlin – Kreuzberg
Tue–Fri 14–19 h and by appointment
Free admission

8- MASCULINITIES: LIBERATION THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
GROPIUS BAU

16.10. – 10.01.2021

Rotimi Fani-Kayode:: Untitled, 1985, Copyright © Rotimi Fani-Kayode

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography’ explores the ways in which masculinity has been experienced, performed, and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day.

Over 300 works by 50 international artists such as Laurie Anderson, Richard Avedon, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Peter Hujar, Isaac Julien, Annette Messager, and Catherine Opie offer a panorama of filmic and photographic explorations of masculinity in all its contradictions and complexity.

Gropius Bau
Niederkirchnerstraße 7
10963 Berlin – Kreuzberg
Wed–Mon 10–19 h
Thur 10–21 h (until 31.12.20)
Admission Regular 15 Euro Reduced 10 Euro to all exhibitions at Gropius Bau

9- FOAM TALENT 2020
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY

22.10. – 1.12.2020

Adji Dieve: untitled, from the series Maggic Cube, 2019, © Adji Dieve

The travelling exhibition ‘Foam Talent 2020’ showcases the nineteen artists selected in 2020 following Foam Magazine’s annual Talent Call: a search for exceptionally talented photographers under the age of 35, from all over the world.

This year’s selection of works reflects a rich range of genres and uses of photography, and is often characterized by lengthy research, centering the role of the portrait. In their diverse series and artworks the artists explore who we are and how we see ourselves in today’s constantly changing reality: between the analogue and the digital realms, myths and belief systems, the private and the public, and fact and fiction.

KÜHLHAUS Berlin
Luckenwalder Straße 3
10963 Berlin – Kreuzberg
Mo-Su 11-16 h
Free admission

10- RENATE VON GEBHARDT PHOTOHRAPHS
Atelier Soldina

26.09. – 30.10.2020

Renate von Gebhardt: from the series Circus Knie, Beginn der 50-er Jahre, © Bettina von Gebhardt

To be woman, artist, gay and the daughter of one of Berlin’s legend in the 50’s was definitely not an easy job. Renate von Gebhardt (1921–2019), daughter of the writer Hertha von Gebhardt, was the influential editor-in-chief of children’s radio at RIAS Berlin throughout the post-war period.

Von Gebhardt never made a secret of her love for women, not even in the Adenauer period, with its strict conservatism and repressive notion of women. In the early 1950s, she simultaneously fell in love with four dancers from Mary Wigman’s school, whom she accompanied as a journalist on their tour with the Swiss companyCircus Knie, which had hired them to dance in a water ballet.

Atelier Soldina
Soldiner Straße 92
13359 Berlin – Wedding
Fr+Sa | Fri+Sat 14–18 h
Free admission
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