28.05.14 - 27.06.14 Boris Savelev

28.03.14 - 24.05.14 Lucas Foglia - Frontcountry

18.09.13 - 23.11.13 Miyako Ishiuchi

21.06.13 - 30.08.13 Chloe Sells - Senescence

02.05.13 - 12.06.13 Nobuyoshi Araki

27.04.13 - 28.04.13 SPLINTER - An Independent Photography...

12.02.13 - 28.03.13 Michael Eastman: Havana

01.11.12 - 01.12.12 Lucas Foglia

07.09.12 - 27.10.12 Daido Moriyama - Tights and Lips

30.05.12 - 28.07.12 Valérie Belin – ‘Yohoho’

20.04.12 - 24.05.12 Alex Prager - Compulsion

02.02.12 - 05.04.12 Guy Bourdin

02.12.11 - 21.01.12 Boris Savelev - Colour Constructions

07.10.11 - 12.11.11 Jerusalem

08.09.11 - 01.10.11 Alejandro Chaskielberg - High Tide

15.07.11 - 25.08.11 Patagonia

13.05.11 - 09.07.11 Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from th...

24.02.11 - 21.04.11 Sohei Nishino - The Diorama Map Series

08.12.10 - 12.02.11 Winter Contemporary

14.10.10 - 06.12.10 Robert Bergman

10.09.10 - 10.10.10 Daido Moriyama

26.07.10 - 21.08.10 Guy Bourdin

10.06.10 - 17.07.10 Alex Prager - Week End

07.05.10 - 05.06.10 Daniele Tamagni and Araminta de Clermont

24.03.10 - 01.05.10 Yoshihiko Ueda - QUINAULT

14.01.10 - 20.02.10 Kishin Shinoyama- NUDE

25.11.09 - 09.01.10 C O L O U R - Group Show

22.10.09 - 21.11.09 Ellen von Unwerth- Fräulein

10.09.09 - 17.10.09 Starting with a Photograph

27.07.09 - 05.09.09 Revive - Group Show

04.06.09 - 25.07.09 Ofer Wolberger (Life with) Maggie

21.04.09 - 30.05.09 Boris Savelev- 31 Years

11.03.09 - 20.04.09 Miyako Ishiuchi Mother's

05.02.09 - 10.03.09 Scarlett Hooft Graafland-You Winter, ...

13.01.09 - 31.01.09 John Davies Rachel Whiteread HOUSE

20.11.08 - 10.01.09 Nobuyoshi Araki- Hana Kinbaku

09.10.08 - 17.11.08 Simon Norfolk - Full Spectrum Dominance

30.08.08 - 04.10.08 Tiina Itkonen - Ultima Thule

25.06.08 - 27.08.08 Polly Borland - Bunny

25.04.08 - 16.06.08 Alex Prager - The Big Valley

07.03.08 - 12.04.08 Tod Papageorge - Passing through Eden

28.11.07 - 11.01.08 Jeff Bark

04.10.07 - 26.11.07 Eyes Of An Island - Japanese Photogra...

06.08.07 - 31.08.07 Group Show I

21.06.07 - 21.07.07 Valerie Belin

20.04.07 - 01.06.07 Scarlett Hooft Graafland

22.02.07 - 07.04.07 John Davies - The British Landscape

26.11.06 - 03.01.07 Jeff Bark - Abandon

01.10.06 - 28.10.06 Eleven Contemporaries

01.07.06 - 15.08.06 Valérie Belin - Pallette & Chips

07.10.05 - 26.10.05 ARAKI

08.06.05 - 20.08.05 Dodo Jin Ming - Free Element / Behind...

04.02.05 - 24.03.05 Tina Itkonen - Inughuit

24.06.04 - 30.08.04 Desiree Dolron - Xteriors

26.11.03 - 03.01.04 Laura Letinsky

24.09.03 - 22.11.03 Desiree Dolron - "Te dí todos mis su...


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Robert Bergman

14.10.10 - 06.12.10

“Occasionally there arises an event or a moment that one knows immediately will forever mark a place in the history of artistic endeavor. Robert Bergman’s portraits represent such a moment, such an event.”

-      Toni Morrison

 

Michael Hoppen Contemporary is pleased to present the very first European show of American photographer Robert Bergman’s color portraits, opening 14 October 2010. In the tradition of spontaneous street photography, Bergman finds fleeting moments with strangers, capturing the truth of personal emotion, lived experience and spiritual states, allowing a microscopically nuanced discovery of the indelible human condition that is unrivalled in the canon of photography.

 

Robert Bergman was influenced by photographer Robert Frank’s seminal black & white project ‘The Americans’. Crossing America from the early 1980s to present day with a 35mm camera, Bergman searches out his subjects, stopping people who catch his eye.  Completely untouched, unstaged and unaltered, Bergman’s large-scale portraits comprise a contemporary spectrum of ages, ethnicities, professions, and life experience. The power of these images makes use of the idiom of painting as well as photography. They bring to mind Rembrandt’s late self-portraits, the most luminous of Renaissance and Old Master paintings, as well as having the intensity of Goya and van Gogh.

 

One of the salient aspects of Bergman’s work is that his subjects remain nameless. Each person’s story, even where they live, goes untold. The untitled works quietly challenge us to drop our preconceptions and to suspend our natural desire to access the facts and visual clues we use to place people in familiar categories.

 

Bergman has been patient about sharing his distinctive vision, though his commitment to the work has been unwavering. Finally, last year at the age of 65, he emerged onto the scene with nearly simultaneous solo exhibitions at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the prestigious National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, which was the first-ever debut of an artist at the institution.

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