Thomas Kellner Black & White, Photo BaoHe Festival, Hefei, China

I would like to welcome you for my exhibition Black & White on 24 November 2018 at Photo Baohe in Hefei, China

“Who would have thought that so much wonder could still be created with straight photographs in a time given to digital manipulation?” Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune

In this exhibition, Kellner recalls his beginnings as an artist and his roots in black-and-white photography using the analog gelatin silver process. Those who have followed Kellner’s photography over the years know that most of his works have been published and exhibited in color. However, there was a time when Kellner worked in black and white. Even though most of his black-and-white works were never published, they do reflect his early career when he worked mostly in silver gelatin. Kellner developed his unique visual language of multiple perspectives and the deconstructive approach in a sequence mounted on a contact sheet of 35-mm roll of film.
Starting with his first sketches of the Eiffel Tower as a homage to Robert Delaunay and Orphism (the French offshoot of cubism) in Paris in 1997, Kellner totally turned his attention from landscape to architecture and the growing complexity of his compositions. He creates ageless classic images in his newly invented visual language based on Cubism. In Kellner’s early black-and-white images, the observer can see how he focuses on the structure itself. The balance between the object and its visual form are at the center of his creations.The exhibition will show iconic black-and-white images from San Francisco, New York City and Chicago for the first time.

On exhibit will also be a selection of 50 of Kellner’s best black-and-white images to start on January 16, 2016 in Cologne and then Siegen. The presentation will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Seltmann+söhne, Lüdenscheid and Berlin with an essay by Harris Fogel.

Black & White
November 23 -29, 2018
Photo BaoHe Festival, Hefei, Peoples Republic of China

„A sort of managed coincidence then also gives room for play within the various versions of the one large subject. In this respect, one could consider the process of making an image a type of art performance, ...“ Kneppe, J. Kontakt Kellner, Thomas 2014, Seltmann+Söhne Berlin/Siegen, page 38

thank you to Luo Jie and the whole team of Photo Baohe for an excellent first festival in Hefei.