To celebrate Anton Corbijn’s sixtieth birthday, C/O Berlin is presenting a retrospective of his work encompassing around 600 photographs, with a lot of never seen before work. At Anton Corbijn Berlin Retrospective you will be able to see the evolution of a self taught novice to a celebrated video director and influential photographer.
Anton Corbijn Berlin Retrospective at C/O consists of two different series: Hollands Deep which spans his entire 40 years of career from the early black and white days to his conceptual and personal work. At the exhibition you will also see 1-2-3-4, a celebration of his work with musicians and bands. From Metallica to Nick Cave, Arcade Fire to R.E.M., Depeche Mode to Johnny Rotten, Rolling Stones to Nirvana. If you are a music fan, this is the place to visit here in Berlin.
But, some of you may be asking yourselves, I have seen some of these pictures before but who is this Anton Corbijn? Don’t worry, Fotostrasse is here to help you out.
Anton Johannes Gerrit Corbijn van Willenswaard was born in Strijen, Netherlands, back in 1955. His first contact with a camera was when he was 17 years old at a concert. After this first experience, he was hooked. In 1979, he moved to London fuelled by his love of post-punk and there he became the main photographer for NME for 5 years. There is where he met a lot of the artists that you can see in the pictures in this article like U2 and Depeche Mode. A few years later, in 1989, he published his first book called Famouz and now he has more that 18 other books under his belt. And he didn’t stop there.
Anton Corbijn also designed stage sets, album covers and more than 80 music videos since 1983. This is how I got in touch with his work. And I can blame Nirvana and their Heart Shaped Box for that. In recent years, he turned his attention to film and gained a lot of attention as a film director. Control, The American, A Most Wanted Man and Life and some of his works.
The Photographs from Anton Corbijn
For a long time I believed that pictures and photographs from musicians and artists were just images on the surface. Nothing more than a carefully orchestrated show. Nothing more than that. But Anton Corbijn’s work is different. His photography shows moments of vulnerability and closeness. Sometimes even nuances of intimacy. All of this is possible because of the close relationship that the photographer has with the musicians on the spotlight.
Anton Corbijn shoots his subjects outdoor and this plays an important role in his photographs. Sometimes this even adds to his fragmentary and unfinished aesthetics. His work is documentary and narrative and the imperfect side of his work creates this stylist trademark. Some people even call it Corbijnism.
You can see Anton Corbijn work at C/O Berlin until January 31st 2016. The tickets cost 10 euros and you can see the exhibition daily from 11 in the morning to 20 in the evening.
C/O Berlin Foundation – Amerika Haus
Hardenbergstraße 22–24 . 10623
Berlin – Germany