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Background Information about Dieter Blum
Everyone is familiar with the concept of the lonesome cowboy, a legendary American figure that has become a universal symbol for freedom, adventure, and independence thanks to westerns starring the likes of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. This is the image a well-known cigarette company had in mind when, back in 1992, they commissioned Dieter Blum for an advertising campaign that was to become a part of photo history. In a project that lasted almost twelve years, Blum travelled to Texas, New Mexico and Utah, the homelands of American cowboys, to accompany them as they went about their daily work. Searching for authenticity, Blum eschewed models and make-up and focused on the essential: man and his horse. From the lasso-swinging cowboy on the fiery mustang galloping across the Texas prairie to the lone rider against the background of a glowing sunset, Dieter Blum’s cowboys have long become iconic.
Blum’s distinct style includes a certain graininess and the use of bold colours, lending his photographs an almost cinematic drama. This powerful aesthetic is most visible in his breathtaking shots of Vladimir Malakhov, the results of a longstanding collaboration with the dancer. Blum was able capture Malakhov’s expressive yet weightless movements, showcasing the dancer’s almost super-human body control. Just for Blum, Malakhov and his ensemble allowed themselves to be photographed dancing in the nude. Every muscle, every form of bodily tension is revealed, yet the shots seem gentle and rhythmic, revealing an intimate, vulnerable side of the New York Times’ “best dancer in the world”.
In his photography, Dieter Blum seeks to uncover the truth buried within each image. This search has lead the artist to travel far and wide, from the United States to the African jungle and, involuntarily, the inside of a Ugandan prison cell. He has risen to lofty heights to capture fighter planes in formation, and has accompanied the Berlin Philharmonic and its maestro Herbert von Karajan, a portrait of whom won Blum a World Press Photo Award in 1981. Blum’s interest in photography was sparked at the age of eight when he began to experiment with a Voigtländer. Today, his photographs are known across the world. Blum’s images have already been published in influential German-language magazines Der Spiegel and Stern, as well as in National Geographic. They have also featured in numerous exhibits, including at the Berlin State Museums, the Venice Biennale, and in the Museum for Photography in Moscow.
1936 Born in Esslingen, Germany 1964 Began working as a freelance photographer in the fields of culture and photojournalism with publications in Stern, Spiegel, Time, Geo, National Geographic, and Vanity Fair, among others. Lives and works in Düsseldorf and Esslingen, Germany
2015 Médaille Vermeil, Art-Science-Lettres, Paris, France 2002 Art Directors Club 2001 Awarded the Staufermedaille 1982 World Press Photo Award 1972 Obelisk, Photokina 1969 Gold and Honours, International Photo Salon de Bordeaux
2002 Museum DKM, Duisburg, Germany
2015 Dieter Blum – Der Photograph, Galerie im Venet-Haus, Neu-Ulm, Germany 2014 Dieter Blum, Atelier Gustave, Paris, France 2012 A Part of Art, Galerie ABTART, Stuttgart, Germany 2011 Dieter Blum – Fotografien, Esslinger Kunstverein, Esslingen, Germany 2009 Dieter Blum, Galerie Merz, Rottweil, Germany 2005 Dieter Blum, Galerie Terminus, Munich, Germany 2004 Dieter Blum – Cathedrals of the Body, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia 2003 Body Cathedrals – Dieter Blum’s Photography, The State Russian Museum, Moscow, Russia 1997 Dieter Blum – Erotischer Tanz, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany 1995 XTC – Ecstasy – Tanzfotografie von Dieter Blum, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany 1994 Künstler + Modell, Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne, Germany 1988 Russia, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany 1987 Auslöser, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany 1987 Auslöser, Kodak Gallery Ginza, Tokyo, Japan 1977 Ägypten, Stadtmuseum München, Munich, Germany
2013 Artists using Photography, Gesso Artspace, Vienna, Austria 2010 The Amen Break, Galerie Thomas Flor, Düsseldorf, Germany 2005 Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
A Part of Art, Dieter Blum et al., Waiblingen 2012. Cowboys – seen by Dieter Blum, Carsten Wolff (Ed.) et al., Waiblingen 2011. Vladimir Malakhov, Dieter Blum, Potsdam 2009. Mensch, Schröder, Dieter Blum and Konrad R. Müller, Düsseldorf 2005. Dieter Blum – Körperkathedralen, Joseph Kiblitsky et al., Moscow 2003. Das Orchester. Die Innenwelt der Berliner Philharmoniker, Dieter Blum and Emanuel Eckardt, Paderborn 1991. Afrika. Faszination eines Kontinents, Dieter Blum and Gisela Bonn, Munich 1984.