Portrait Positions

EXHIBITION Apr 4 — Sep 1, 2012

LISETTE MODEL (1901–1983)

'Woman with Veil' from the Portfolio 'Lisette Model. Twelve Photographs', 1934-1949

gelatin silver print, published 1976 by Lunn Gallery

ca. 50 x 60 cm

© The Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

LISETTE MODEL (1901–1983)

'Woman with flowered dress' from the Portfolio 'Lisette Model. Twelve Photographs', 1934-1949

gelatin silver print, published 1976 by Lunn Gallery

ca. 50 x 60 cm

© The Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHRISTER STRÖMHOLM (1918–2002)

Nana, 1955-60

gelatin silver print, printed 1960s

24,1 x 17,8 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ED VAN DER ELSKEN (1925–1990)

Amsterdam, Nieuwmarkt, 1956

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1956

23,2 x 31 cm

© Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHRISTER STRÖMHOLM (1918–2002)

Paris, 1949

gelatin silver print, printed 1949

14,8 x 13,2 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHRISTER STRÖMHOLM (1918–2002)

USA, 1963-65

gelatin silver print, printed 1949

14,8 x 13,2 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ED VAN DER ELSKEN (1925–1990)

A nice looking woman in a cheong-san the typical local costume, Hong Kong Island, 1961

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1961

31 x 23,9 cm

© Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

LISETTE MODEL (1901–1983)

'Fashion Show' from the Portfolio 'Lisette Model. Twelve Photographs', 1934-1949

gelatin silver print, published 1976 by Lunn Gallery

ca. 50 x 60 cm

© The Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHRISTER STRÖMHOLM (1918–2002)

Florine, 1960s

gelatin silver print, printed 1960s

29,3 x 21,7 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHRISTER STRÖMHOLM (1918–2002)

Carmen, 1960s

gelatin silver print, printed later

23,7 x 28 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

ED VAN DER ELSKEN (1925–1990)

Paris, 1951

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1951

40,5 x 30,3 cm

© Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHRISTER STRÖMHOLM (1918–2002)

Los Angeles, 1963

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1963

15,5 x 19,8 cm

© Estate of the Artist/Courtesy Kicken Berlin

CHRISTER STRÖMHOLM (1918–2002)

USA, 1963-65

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1965

18 x 23,8 cm

© Estate of the Artist / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

Kicken II will operate as a resonant space to Arbus’s approach to her human counterparts with portrait positions by Christer Strömholm, Ed van der Elsken and Diane Arbus’ teacher, Lisette Model, from the 1940s to the 1960s. Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken visualized the existentialist attitude to life in the 1950s. He focuses on the individual existence with its dreams within an often disenchanted reality and thereby pictures, like Arbus did, outcasts, bohemians and transvestites. The latter are a key subject also to Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm. He did a strikingly empathic and personal series on transvestites between 1954 and 1965 in the Paris entertainment districts around Place Pigalle. His images reveal a microcosm of the universal human state of mind. Lisette Model, too, focuses mainly on the human portrait. She found her subjects in nightlife and in pleasure grounds, often on the fringes of society.