Over the past fifteen years, the Frankfurt-based photographer Peter Loewy (*1951) has gained prominence with a number of powerful series of works. His first book of photographs, »Jüdisches« (Jewish), was published in 1996, showing details taken from inside the family homes of both famous and unknown Jewish families in Frankfurt. This was followed by the volume »Lèche-vitrine«, as well as series on the IG Farben Building in Frankfurt and intimate pictures of the working environment of internationally acclaimed artists (»Private Collection«).
Loewys photographs of drawings by well and lesser-known artists from centuries past form a new cycle that is to be exhibited for the first time in the showcase passage at the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München
in the Pinakothek der Moderne.
Quite by chance the photographer came across a book on ethnography and was fascinated by the photographic accuracy, use of perspective and shading of drawings of people from the most varied of cultures, depicted in their respective local dress. He switched off the automatic focus option, zoomed in so closely that only a detail could be seen, and selected a filter and distance that went against any standard logic until he achieved a rich blurred image. »I was thrilled«, writes Loewy. »On my display I had a picture that was out of focus, not a drawing. I felt as if I had brought the person back to life thats how full of himself a photographer can be compared to a draughtsman.
As a lover of drawings I felt I had to rummage through the history of art as well, or rather masses of books, and revive people from across the centuries in the form of photos. Thats how a mass of portraits of famous and unknown people came about. I also produced a collection of famous and unknown artists, too, who I enshrouded in a misty blurredness.«
Peter Loewy born in 1951 in Israel | Exhibitions: 1996 Kunstverein Frankfurt | 1997 Julie Saul Gallery, New York | 1998 Kunstmuseum Chemnitz | 1999 Presseamt Frankfurt a. M. | 2000 Bergmann, Frankfurt a. M. | 2001 Jewish Museum Munich | 2003 Historisches Museum Frankfurt; Kunsthalle zu Kiel (participant) | 2004 Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt a. M. (participant) | 2005 Jewish Museum Hohenems; »Design Within Reach« Goethe-Institut Los Angeles | 2006 Kunsthalle Mannheim; »Arte fotografica de la Collección Deutsche Bank« touring exhibition through South Africa; Messe Frankfurt | 2007 Alte Synagoge Wuppertal | 2008 Union International Club, Frankfurt a. M.; Oberfinanzdirektion Frankfurt a. M.; Galerie Braubachfive, Frankfurt a. M. | 2009 Ausstellungshalle Schulstraße 1a, Frankfurt a. M.