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Jubilee Week & Live Stream: 1000 Realities - 100 Years GDL/DFA






Deichtorhallen / Haus der Photographie, Deichtorstraße 1-2, 20095 Hamburg

Jubilee Week: 1000 Realities - 100 Years GDL/DFA

The conference program for the Jubilee Week can be found here. Also listed are short descriptions of the talks and presentations that will be held, all in German. For those who will not be able to attend, many of the events can be watched via livestream video on our Facebook-Page. Following the Jubilee Week, selected videos will be available in the livestream archive at the bottom of this post.


Wednesday, 09.10.2019

11.00 - 12.30 Press Tour
13.00 - 16.00 Exhibition opens to the public
17.00 - 19.00 Preview for DFA members
19.00 Official opening of the exhibition; award ceremony: Ute & Werner Mahler receive the David Octavius ​​Hill Medal from the German Photographic Academy (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

Thursday, 10.10.2019

9.30 Doors open (Haus der Photographie)

10.00 - 10.45 Arwed Messmer

11.00 - 11.45 Kurt Buchwald (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

12.00 - 12.45 Andreas Gefeller (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

until 13.45 Lunch Break

14.00 - 15.00 Dialog 1: Lois Hechenblaikner and Wolfgang Müller, moderated by Ute Behrend and Ingo Taubhorn

after 15.15 Portfolio Walk

18.00 - 19.30 Talk: “The Art Market and Photography.” With Anne-Marie Beckmann, Thomas Zander and Simone Klein. Moderated by Thomas Elsen. (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

21.00 - 22.00 Guided tour through the exhibition "1000 Realities – 100 Years GDL/DFA” with Wolfgang Zurborn (head curator). In addition guided tour with Corinna Weidner and Wolfram Janzer on the history of GDL/DFA

Friday, 11.10.2019

9.30 Doors open (Haus der Photographie)

10.00 - 10.45 Olaf Otto Becker (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

11.00 - 11.45 Johanna Jackie Baier

12.00 - 12.45 Prof. Dr. Gottfried Jäger: “Dumb stuff: The materiality of photography as an artistic strategy” (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

until 13.45 Lunch Break

14.00 - 14.45 Hendrik Faure (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

15.00 - 15.45 Timm Ulrichs (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

16.00 - 16.45 Thekla Ehling (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

17.00 - 17.45 Andreas Weinand (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

18.00 - 18.45 Dr. Petra Bopp and Ute Wrocklage: “Society shall has as its objective to fulfill the wishes of the Führer. The GDL in the Nazi era.” (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

19.00 - 20.00 Guided tour through the exhibition "1000 Realities - 100 Years GDL/DFA" with Wolfgang Zurborn (head curator). In addition guided tour with Corinna Weidner and Wolfram Janzer on the history of GDL/DFA

20.00 - 21.30 Talk: “Stories about and the history of the GDL/DFA”, moderated by Ingo Taubhorn, with Prof. Dr. Gabriele Betancourt Nuñez, Dr. Marlene Schnelle-Schneyder, Prof. Dr. Gottfried Jäger and Prof. Manfred Schmalriede (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

Saturday, 12.10.2019

9.30 Doors open (Haus der Photographie)

10.00 - 10.45 Klaus Elle (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

11.00 - 11.45 Prof. Manfred Schmalriede: "The pictures before the pictures”

12.00 - 12.45 Simone Demandt (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

until 13.45 Lunch Break

14.00 - 14.45 Andreas Herzau (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

15.00 - 15.45 Achim Mohné (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

16.00 - 17.00 Dialog 2: Meinrad Schade and Lukas Einsele, moderated by Ute Behrend and Ingo Taubhorn (watch as Facebook video /YouTube video)

17.00 - 17.45 Dr. Marlene Schnelle-Schneyder: “The Added Value of Pictures (without the Value Added Tax)” (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

18.00 - 18.45 Dörte Eißfeldt (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

19.00 - 20.30 Talk: “New forms of photography in the digital age" Moderated by Boris Eldagsen, with Beate Gütschow, Alex Grein, Michael Reisch and Achim Mohné (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

21.00 - 22.00 Guided tour through the exhibition "1000 Realities - 100 Years GDL/DFA" with Wolfgang Zurborn (head curator). In addition guided tour with Corinna Weidner and Wolfram Janzer on the history of GDL/DFA

after 22.00 Party "1000 Wirklichkeiten"

Sunday, 13.10.2019

9.30 Doors Open (Haus der Photographie)

10.30 - 13.30 General assembly at Auditorium (DFA members only)

14.00 - 14.45 Wolfgang Zurborn (watch as Facebook video /YouTube video)

15.00 - 16.00 Dialog 3: Katharina Bosse and Linn Schröder, moderated by Ute Behrend and Ingo Taubhorn (watch as Facebook video / YouTube video)

16.00 - 16.45 Peter Bialobrzeski

18.00 End of conference

Exhibition: "1000 Realities - 100 Years GDL/DFA"

Head Curator: Wolfgang Zurborn

© Olaf Otto Becker

The exhibition "1000 Realities - 100 Years of GDL/DFA" provides an insight into the richness of images and ideas that have been developed over the course of a century in the field of artistic photography. Visions for the future are directly juxtaposed with the ideas of historical photographic positions. The objective is not to provide an all-encompassing museum exhibition in the form of a general survey of the work of 150 photographers, but rather the aim is to raise awareness amongst the public of the multiple forms of expression that exist in the medium of photography; ranging from authenticity to staging, image to abstraction, document to fiction, and intuition to concept.

The exhibition was curated by Wolfgang Zurborn in collaboration with Nadine Preiß, Angela Hildebrand, Knut Wolfgang Maron, Andreas Langen and Dieter Seitz.

The participating photographers:

Achim Mohné • Alex Heide • Amin El Dib • Anastasia Khoroshilova • Andrea Diefenbach • Andreas Gefeller • Andreas Herzau • Andreas Langen/Kai Loges • Andreas Mader • Andreas Trogisch • Andreas Weinand • Annegret Soltau • Arwed Messmer • Axel Beyer • Axel Grünewald • Axel Mosler • Bernd Arnold • Bernhard Widmann • Berthold Steinhilber • Bertram Kober • Bianca Patricia Isensee • Birte Kaufmann • Boris Becker • Boris Eldagsen • Burkhard Schittny • Christoph Bangert • Claudia Fährenkemper • Claudio Hils • Claus Bach • Daniel Schumann • David Klammer • Delia Keller • Dieter Seitz • Dirk Gebhardt • Dörte Eißfeldt • Elke Seeger • Emanuel Raab • Erasmus Schröter • Esther Hagenmaier • Eva Mahn • Eva Schmeckenbecher • Fee Schlapper • Ferit Kuyas • Florian Beckers • Frank Göldner • Gerhard Vormwald • Gisoo Kim • Göran Gnaudschun • Gottfried Jäger • Gudrun Kemsa • Günter Hildenhagen • Hans-Chrsitian Schink • Harald Fuchs • Hartmut Nägele • Haubitz-Zoche • Hendrik Faure • Henning Maier-Jantzen • Hermann Stamm • Ingo Taubhorn • Ingrid Wieland-Authenrieth • Isadora Tast • Joachim Hildebrand • Joachim Schumacher • Joan Fontcuberta • Johanna Diehl • Johanna Jackie Baier • Jürgen Escher • Jürgen Heinemann • Jürgen Scriba • Karen Irmer • Karina-Sirkku Kurz • Karin Jobst • Katharina Bosse • Katharina Mayer • Kiril Golovchenko • Klaus Elle • Klaus Kammerichs • Knut Wolfgang Maron • Kris Scholz • Kurt Buchwald • Leon Kirchlechner • Linn Schröder • Lois Hechenblaikner • Loni Liebermann • Loredana Nemes • Lukas Einsele • Lukas Roth • Luzia Simons • Manfred Kage • Marc Volk • Marlene Schnelle-Schneyder • Martin Brockhoff • Matthias Jung • Matthias Leupold • Meinrad Schade • Michael Jochum • Michael Schnabel • Nadine Preiß • Nikita Teryoshin • Norbert Wiesneth • Olaf Otto Becker • Patrick Budenz • Peter Jacobi • Peter Loewy • Peter Thomann • Petra Böttcher • Ralf Cohen • Ralf Meyer • Regina Schmeken • René Mächler • Robert Harding Pittman • Robin Hinsch • Roman Bezjak • Rudolf Lichtsteiner • Ruth Stoltenberg • Sabine Schründer • Silke Helmerdig • Simone Demandt • Sinje Dillenkofer • Stefan Moses • Stephanie Steinkopf • Tania Reinicke • Thekla Ehling • Thomas Brenner • Tomas Riehle • Torsten Schumann • Ullrich Wallenburg • Ulrich Mertens • Ute Behrend • Ursula Kelm • Walde Huth Schmölz • Walter Sack • Wiebke Leister • Wolfgang Bellwinkel • Wolfgang Gscheidle • Wolfgang Müller • Wolfgang Zurborn • Wolfram Janzer • Yvonne Seidel

Further photographers from the long history of the GDL/DFA are presented with facsimiles of publications of the German Photographic Academy.

© Loredana Nemes
© Otto Steinert
© Boris Eldagsen & Tanvir Taolad

The 2019 David Octavius ​​Hill Medal goes to: Ute & Werner Mahler

In its anniversary year, the German Photographic Academy awards the David Octavius Hill Medal to Ute Mahler and Werner Mahler. Within the framework of the "1000 Realities" Jubilee Week, works from her current photographic project "Kleinstadt (Small Town)" will be exhibited. The book, published by Hartmann books in 2018, has received international acclaim.

Sightseeing, empty downtown shops, slow decay, in the best case the charm of the morbid - you just pass by here by chance and ask yourself: Who is here when I'm not here and why? The definition of the small town of the Imperial Statistical Office (!) of 1887, which is still valid today, names 5,000 to 20,000 inhabitants as its demographic characteristic.

After the "Monalisen der Vorstädte (Mona Lisas Of The Suburbs)" (until 2010), "Wo die Welt zu Ende war (Where The World Ended)" (until 2012) and "Seltsame Tage (Strange Days)" (until 2014), Ute and Werner Mahler chose to explore the small town as their fourth joint project. Since 2015, they have been travelling through Germany with a small car and a large-format camera and a stock of black-and-white plan films in search of images that document the mood, the attitude to life and the spirit of these places. Her laconically precise images fix the time and the place. They capture the idea of a small town made up of pictures from many small towns, from Bad Gandersheim to Lebach and Zörbig. The future of the small towns will be decided in the next few years. The future is the youth. If they leave, the small town dies.

© Ute & Werner Mahler

Exhibition Area: History of the GDL/DFA

The exhibition area "History of the GDL/DFA" presents the eventful history of the photographers' association since its foundation in 1919 on the basis of selected documents from the DFA's archive as well as posters, magazines and publications. For the first time, the archive has been catalogued by Corinna Weidner, for the 100th Anniversary of the DFA.

The photographic works of Axel Mosler and Wolfgang Gscheidle focus on the members and the annual conferences. Further works by Ingrid Wieland-Autenrieth, Peter Thomann, Klaus Kammerichs and Gottfried Jäger.

The exhibition area was curated by Wolfram Janzer and Corinna Weidner.

GDL-Jury-Sitzung 1980, Leinfelden-Echterdingen © Axel Mosler

Germany's oldest society for artistic photography celebrates its 100th anniversary

100 years ago, the Gesellschaft Deutscher Lichtbildner/ GDL (Society of German Photographers) was founded in Eisenach on August 18, 1919, and since 1993 it has been known as the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie/DFA (German Photographic Academy). The current focus of the Academy is the public, free debate on artistic photography and related fields. To this end, the Academy organizes public presentations and discussions free of charge, publishes a magazine, promotes young talent and makes its unique archive of written documents on the history of photography in Germany available to the public. The DFA thus makes an important contribution to the discourse of artistic photography and to media competence in an open society.

Over the course of time, influential personalities of photography in Germany have belonged to the GDL/DFA, such as Hugo Erfurth, Alfred Renger-Patzsch, Martha Hoepffner, Ruth Hallersleben, Peter Keetman , Robert Häusser, Peter Cornelius, Otto Steinert, Stefan Moses, Gottfried Jäger, Regina Schmeken, F.C. Gundlach and many more. Artists such as Viviane Sassen, Joakim Eskildsen + Cia Rinne, Joan Fontcuberta, Bernhard Prinz, Alex Webb, Stefan Moses, John Hilliard and others have received the organization’s prize for outstanding photographic works, the David Octavius Hill Medal.

The foundation of the GDL on August 18, 1919, almost exactly 80 years to the day after the world premiere of photography in Paris, was an initiative of the Hamburg photographer Kurt Schallenberg. He wanted “unite photographers who create images faithful to true artistic form", namely by

“exhibitions, the professional exchange of ideas and beliefs on all questions of education and upbringing.” This is essentially still the profile of the DFA today – remarkable considering the far-reaching developments since then.

During the Nazi era the GDL remained in existence at the cost of far-reaching standardisation. Its founder Kurt Schallenberg and all other "non-Aryan" members were pushed out - they were replaced by actors such as Heinrich Hoffmann, Adolf Hitler's personal photographer. Hoffmann profited from the GDL seal of approval, donated generously in return and, among other things, organized the propaganda exhibition "Give me four years time" with GDL colleagues in 1937.

After the war, the GDL resumed its work in 1948, but it was not until the 1980s that a thorough reappraisal of its own involvement in the Nazi system began. In this context, the change of name to today's "German Photographic Academy" took place in 1993.

Today, the DFA stands above all for a culture of dispute unique in the German-speaking world in the form of public image presentations and discussions. Artistic and theoretical works in the context of photography will be shown and passionately debated at DFA conferences. And not from the podium, but with the audience, which is always invited to speak.

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