Barbara Klemm, Louise Bourgeois, Frankfurt am Main, 1989,

Barbara Klemm, Joseph Beuys, Darmstadt, 1970, © Barbara Klemm, 2008

Barbara Klemm's Portraits of Contemporary Artists for the German Press

Barbara Klemm, Blinky Palermo, Darmstadt, 1970, © Barbara Klemm, 2008.

Barbara Klemm, Andy Warhol, Frankfurt am Main 1981, © Barbara Klemm.


Museum Frieder Burda
Lichtentaler Allee 8 b
+ 49(0)72 21/3 98 98-0
Barbara Klemm, Artists' Portraits
May 8-June 22, 2008

Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Blinky Palermo, Jeff Wall, Louise Bourgeois, Julian Schnabel, Georg Baselitz — German photographer Barbara Klemm has taken portraits of them all. In a simultaneous presentation of a series of photographs by American artist James Turrell, taken in the Arizona desert,she shares an exhibition of contemporary photographic art.

With an unobtrusive and sensitive eye, Klemm captures the individual essence of people, landscapes and objects. She reconciles journalistic ethic with personal opinion, information with emotion. Due to her work for the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, many of her photographs remain in the collective German memory.

She grew up in Karlsruhe where she trained at portrait studio Wilhelm Bauer. Today, she lives in Frankfurt am Main. In 1959, she began working for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, from 1970 to retirement in 2004 as editorial photographer for Politics and Features and Comments.

She is considered one of Germany's most important photographers and photographic witnesses of German postwar history. She is a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin and, since 2000, Honorary Professor for Photography at the Design Department of the FH Darmstadt.

Reviewer Hans-Peter Riese called her a "poet with a camera." Historian Jutta Penndorf said: "(She) doesn't search for the perfect. But she has the perfect vision. Like others, who have the perfect pitch. For Barbara Klemm, this vision is the basis for her art."

Barbara Klemm, Stephan Balkenhol, Berlin 2011. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011.

Barbara Klemm, Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, 2000.

Barbara Klemm, Alfred Hitchcock, 1973, © Barbara Klemm.

Barbara Klemm, dancing in Shanghai, China, 1984, silver gelatine print.