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IntroductionThere’s a lot written about the differences between East and West Germany and the topic of nudity is not left out. The implicitness with which someone from the east viewed nudity in private spaces, would never be obtained by someone from the west. This is most obvious in nude photography. Western nude photography from the 50’s onward is steeped in an extreme abstraction, with bodies stylized as graphical compositions, devoid of any eroticism. “The nude is reduced to characteristic, basic shapes, non-specific symbols of the female body until the subject matter is simply presented as a building block to the pictorial composition,” said Otto Steinert, 1954. “The cropped images devoid of heads… further remove the sphere of all personal and erotic imagination.”
If you simply glance at the photographs of the Leipziger photographer, Günter Rössler (*1926), they appear as the antithesis to the dictum of Essen’s famous photography professors. With complete sobriety, Rössler presents homage to sensuality, and desires for his audience not only an aesthetic sensitivity, but also a fair amount of emotionalism.He aims for more than the formal play of shadow but not for provocation, as Helmut Newton or Mapplethorpe did. His approach focuses on the classical nude through and through and refuses to objectify the models completely. Instead, he integrates their individuality into the pictures, which long agowon him a name in the field. The results are convincing as passionate appraisals of the female body and stops on the search for beauty and youth.
Dr. Boris von BrauchitschBio
1926 born in Leipzig, Germany 1946 Photo lab assistant in Bad Nauheim, Germany 1947-1951 Photography at the Akademie Leipzig (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig) under Prof. Johannes Widmann since 1951 Fashion and advertising photographer in Germany and abroad 1956 Co-Founder of action fotografie 1972 concentration on nude photography 1979 Initiator of the GDR’s 1st Akt-Pleinairs in Höfgen 1981 Member of the Gild of Visual Artists in the GDR 1991 Co-Founder of the photography modelling agency VOILÀ! 1996 Appointment to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie DGPh, Cologne, Germany 2012 died in Leipzig, Germany Exhibitions
2006 Große Retrospektive Günter Rössler. Es geschieht in den Augen – Fotografien aus sechs Jahrzehnten – Reprotage – Mode – Akt, Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig 1998 Günter Rössler Retrospective, Grassi-Museum Leipzig 1983 IX. Art Exhibition of the GDR, Dresden “Leipziger Photograpy Today,“ Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig 1977 “Medium Photography“, Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg, Halle