Bryan Adams exhibition | Camera Work Berlin, December 8, 2018
More than 40 of Bryan Adams outstanding works and features both main works of his oeuvre and new photographs that are exhibited for the very first time worldwide. The exhibition is organized in cooperation with Crossover.
World-famous of course in his own right as a musician and composer, Bryan Adams has established a formidable reputation for himself over the past decade as a photographic artist of international repute. His meteoric rise in the world of photography is owed above all to his rare talent for capturing a timeless elegance and subtle depths in his images that is as visually enticing as it is thought-provoking. His oeuvre to date has garnered prestigious awards and captured the imagination of gallery-goers around the world.
The works selected for this exhibition focus on his portraits of famous personalities from the worlds of entertainment, fashion and the arts. Perhaps the best known of all Adams’ photographs, they are also amongst the most captivating. Conveying the ever-changing moods and trends associated with fame in our modern world, they reveal an openness between the photographer and each of his subjects – always with an ironic awareness that the photograph is a staged event and an event of self-staging. They speak to us of beauty and desire, but also of world-weariness and rebellion. The palpable sense of trust is perhaps only made possible by the fellow star and friend behind the camera. The resulting works are highly intimate and intensely enjoyable studies with plenty to say about the nature of both celebrity and humanity.
In addition, the exhibition presents selected works from Adams’ highly-praised series »Wounded – The Legacy of War«. The portraits of young British soldiers who have suffered life-changing injuries in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan challenge the viewer through the unexpected directness.
Bryan Adams (*1959) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and photogtraphic artist. His work has been published in British »Vogue«, »L’uomo Vogue«, American »Vanity Fair«, »Harper’s Bazaar«, British »GQ«, »Esquire«, »Interview«, and »i-D«. His advertising campaigns include brands such as Hugo Boss, Guess Jeans, Sand, Converse, Montblanc, John Richmond, Fred Perry, Escada, as well as Jaguar and Opel cars. Adams has released four books of photography: »American Women« (2004), »Exposed« (2012), »Wounded – The Legacy of War« (2013), and »Untitled« (2015), among many other published works and collaborations. He co-founded the art fashion »Zoo« magazine in 2003, based in Berlin, for which he shoots regularly. His body of work is part of renowned international collections and has been exhibited in numerous museums such as Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), Museum Fotografiska (Stockholm), Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec (Québec), NRW Forum (Dusseldorf), and Multimedia Art Museum (Moscow).