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Barbara Klemm – Frankfurt Images

November 9, 2023 – April 1, 2024

Barbara Klemm photographed  from 1970 to 2005 for the  Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, in Germany and all over the world. Only a few assignments concerned Frankfurt events, such as the book fairs on a regular basis. Nevertheless, she became a photographic companion to her city over the last 60 years. For the first time, this exhibition of 230 photographs is presenting a large selection of her views of the city.

Barbara Klemm came to Frankfurt in 1959 - when she was 20 years old - and has lived in the city on the Main ever since. As an editorial photographer for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung she was responsible for politics and culture pages, and her large-format black-and-white photographs in the gravure supplement “Bilder und Zeiten" are particularly well known. 

In Frankfurt, she photographed for the newspaper only when the city was the scene of supra-regional cultural events or when the photographer of the regional edition had to be represented. However, her early success as a freelance photographer (before 1970) is closely linked to Frankfurt events - such as the student movement and NPD marches. Barbara Klemm has photographed her city since the 1960s primarily as an attentive contemporary and observer of people. 

She is known beyond Germany for her pictures of people in politics and culture as well as her worldwide photo reportages and has been exhibited and awarded many times. For the first time, this exhibition is presenting a major selection of her views of Frankfurt: baryta prints enlarged by the photographer herself. Barbara Klemm is a "participant observer", a photojournalist with an unerring sensorium for the right moment and the good picture.

Photography is permitted in the exhibition, but only without flash and tripod!


Stiftung Giersch