A new exhibition from the Berlin collector Werner Driller.
Barbara Klemm is one of the most prominent German photojournalists. Through her camera’s lens, she has captured many years of turbulent historical happenings and current affairs. Last year, against the backdrop of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, she put together a comprehensive retrospective of her work at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. IC Collector Werner Driller is a great admirer and collector of Klemm’s works. Next to sharing pieces from his collection, he also shares his thoughts on her photographs:
‘Since the 1970s I am interested in photojournalism. I guess it all started with the images of the assassination at the Olympic Games in Munich (I could actually buy an original print later on the Internet). In the 1980s and 90s my attention was drawn to images taken by Barbara Klemm that were published in the German newspaper FAZ. I have always been deeply impressed by her work because the people and motives she captured always looked somewhat staged. In 2003, I acquired my first print by Klemm and two years later I met her personally. Since then, I often meet her and we had long conversations about photography. The stories she told me about the creation of her images were as exciting as the works themselves. Such a free and unrestrained photojournalism will probably never exist again. That’s what makes the works of Barbara Klemm so precious to me.’