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Keld Helmer-Petersen

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PhotoUtopia Intro: Helmer-Petersen’s images are the most stripped down, unpretentious representation of the everyday visual flotsam and jetsam we all experience. His ability to make engaging images with minimal elements is unsurpassed. He has only recently been rediscovered by the art world and is enjoy the attention his talents deserves. Represented in London by the Rocket Gallery.

Wikipedia*Keld Helmer-Petersen (born 1920), is a Danish photographer who achieved his international breakthrough in 1948 when he published 122 Farvefotografier/122 Colour Photographs, a collection of experiments with shapes inspired by Albert Renger-Patzsch and the poetic realism of the Neue Sachlichkeit movement. The book brought modernism to Danish photography and earned Helmer-Petersen a grant for a year's study at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1950. As a result, photography became his profession. In his Chicago series published in Fragments of a City, Helmer-Petersen became form's uncompromising proponent. He later developed interest in hidden figurative expression as in his series Deformationer (1976–84) and Frihavnen (1989).

Helmer-Petersen's career took off in 1948 with his 122 Colour Photographs. His aim was to make pictures that would only work in colour, and not in black and white. This he achieved by concentrating on the mundane and the everyday. Thanks to the grant he received from the Art Institute of Photography he was able to study for a year under
Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.

In Fragments of a City, he explained he had been inspired by the German Neue Sachlichkeit movement, especially its concern for industry's new machines and architecture's characteristic new elements.

Following the publication of his book, he worked for a short period for Life before returning to Copenhagen to concentrate on his architectural photography. There he photographed silhouettes of overhead cables, fire escapes and construction cranes against grey skies, producing a black-and-white effect. Or, in sharp sunlight, he would shoot full-frontal views of the facades of timbered houses and sheds in industrial plants, making them look like architectural drawings.

Official Site: BBC / in_pictures_everyday_colour
Other site: http://www.rocketgallery.com/ex_khp_122.html
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