Jim Rakete will present an initial glimpse of his current project, “The State of Things: Portraits for the New Film Museum,” in the Visual Gallery at photokina 2010 (September 21-26, 2010). On show will be approximately 40 photographs of legends and talents from the German and international film world, including Hannah Schygulla, Jessica Schwarz, Hannelore Hoger, Til Schweiger, Nora Tschirner, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Roland Emmerich, Ulrich Tukur, and Hardy Krüger. In the photographs, the portrait subjects pose with personal items as well as objects from the history of film. The Berlin-based photographer has been working since the fall of 2009 on an extensive and unique series of portraits, which will be shown for the first time in its entirety at the opening of the “new” German Film Museum in Frankfurt am Main in early summer 2011. The exhibition in the Visual Gallery will be staged with the friendly support of Leica Camera AG.
The original plan called for a small and exclusive exhibition of portrait photographs for the reopening of the German Film Museum. The show was to feature the leading stars of the German film scene, each one posing with a property from one of his or her films. The props chosen were to be as personal as possible. Two dozen photos later, the photographer Jim Rakete realized that this concept was not broad enough. “German film simply has too many interesting faces and photo opportunities,” he says. “You can’t just leave these stories untold.” Since that time he has expanded this collection, week by week, with further legends, talents, movers and shakers. Whether the person in front of the camera is a set designer, a camerawoman, an author or a composer of film music, he or she is a storyteller. “The result has been a very special mix,” says Jim Rakete as he looks over this exhibition, which now consists of more than 60 portraits that are as sharply etched as his works usually are, but are unusually colorful.
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