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The exhibition Arno Fischer: A Journey provides an insight into Arno Fischer's photographic practice and the various roles he played throughout his career as photographer, facilitator and teacher.
The exhibition sheds light on one of the most important German photographers of the 20th century and invites visitors on a journey through photographic genres, continents and decades.
Featuring over one hundred black-and-white and colour photographs - taken between the early 1940s and the late 2000s - some of which are being shown at Schloss Kummerow for the first time, the exhibition highlights Fischer's important place in the history of German photography.
Throughout his career, Arno Fischer (1927-2011) worked in a variety of photographic genres, documenting fashion models on the streets of Eastern European cities and ordinary citizens and their everyday lives in the Eastern Bloc, Equatorial Guinea, India and the United States. When not roaming the streets with camera in hand, Fischer exchanged ideas with members of DIREKT, a group that formed around him in East Berlin in 1965 and contributed to the pluralisation of East German visual culture in the 1970s and 1980s. He also organised meetings of artists with his wife, the photographer Sibylle Bergemann, in their shared flat on Schiffbauerdamm.
These meetings included her circle of friends, Fischer's students and international photographers such as Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson and René Burri, who were invited by the Centre Culturel Français and the Amerika Haus in Berlin. Fischer also supervised students, first at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig and later, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie und Gestaltung; he also photographed his garden with a Polaroid camera, an undertaking that took him three years.