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Two Rivers: Joachim Brohm / Alec Soth

NRW-Forum Duesseldorf

28 March - 7 July 2019

Curator / Concept: Ralph Goertz


"This exhibition is sensational"

Helga Meister, Westdeutsche Zeitung


Two photographers, two rivers: The exhibition "Two Rivers" presents the most important photographic works by the German artist Joachim Brohm and the American photographer Alec Soth. In a world premiere, the exhibition unites works from a total of eight series, including Alec Soth's main work "Sleeping by the Mississippi" and Joachim Brohm's famous "Ruhr" series.


Joachim Brohm at his Studio in Leipzig


Alec Soth during a shootings in Grand Rapids


The exhibition focuses on Alec Soth's series "Sleeping by the Missisippi" and Joachim Brohm's series "Ruhr", which portray people on the periphery of the river. Brohm, who studied at the Folkwang Hochschule, is a visual artist who expresses himself with the medium of photography. Soth is a lyrical documentary photographer in the tradition of Robert Frank, Stephen Shore and Michael Schmidt.


Joachim Brohm presenting the analog prints from the 1980s to curator Ralph Goertz.


Joachim Brohm controllig the hanging of his new series.


Frankie, Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross, Wickliffe, Kentucky © Alec Soth / Magnum Photos


Essen. 1982 © Joachim Brohm / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019


The connection between the two photographers is a documentary-artistic view that identifies them as sensitive documentarians of their social environment. The exhibition brings together a total of eight groups of works by the two photographers. In addition to the well-known series on "Ruhr" and "Ohio"by Brohm and on "Sleeping by the Mississippi", "Songbook" and "Niagara" by Alec Soth, Joachim Brohm's rare portraits and a new work by Alec Soth will be shown for the first time.


Bochum, 1983 © Joachim Brohm / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019


Ste. Genevieve, Missouri © Alec Soth / Magnum Photos


Joachim Brohm is a visual artist who expresses himself trough the medium of photography. Since the 1980s he had a huge influence to establish photography as an art form in Germany. In his first internationally acclaimed series "Ruhr" (1980-1983) he documented the leisure behavior of people on the banks of the Ruhr. Brohm belongs to the photographers of the Düsseldorf photo school and is one of the most important photographic artists in Germany. In his often documentary-oriented works, he deals with the structures of urban development and the urban periphery - with all its social, sociological, economic and cultural implications. He was artistically trained and influenced at the Folkwang Hochschule in the tradition of Otto Steinert and Michael Schmidt, but also through his Fulbright scholarship at Ohio State University, where he studied photography with Allan Sekula.


Gelsenkirchen, 1982 © Joachim Brohm / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019


Alec Soth. Since his first major work "Sleeping by the Mississippi" in 2004, Alec Soth has been recognized as one of the most important photographers on the international photographic scene. He is a visual artist, magnum photographer, blogger, publisher and educator. Soth explores the different forms of the media of photography and how they present themselves in the world. As a lyrical documentary photographer - in the tradition of Robert Frank, Stephen Shore and Michael Schmidt - Soth sees himself primarily as an American photographer. The landscapes of the United States, the majestic Mississippi, the thundering Niagara Falls, the vast and open deserts, the small towns and suburbs: all have created the structure and setting for his poetic studies of American life.


Charles, Vasa, Minnesota © Alec Soth / Magnum Photos

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