René Groebli (prices: Vintage and Modern Prints: 600 € - 7000 €)
Reports, picture essay, landscapes, Portraits, nudes.
In the 60's master in the area of the color photography. Today it becomes in particular because of its early railway pictures and act studies estimated.
1942 first photographs with the Rolleiflex
1943 photographer teachings in Zurich
1945 specialized class for photography at the college of arts and crafts Zurich
Theory as a movie camera man, 1948 diploma as a documentary film cameraman
1949 "Rail Magic", first book
1954 "The eye of love"
Its friends, well-known Swiss photographers Jakob Tuggener and Robert Frank had large influence on the early photographic work René Groeblis. The subjectivity in Robert Franks work busy René Groebli and led it to its own subjective-poetic picture language. Groebli wanted to photograph, what is not visible: Movement, dynamics and speed as with the "Rail Magic", a trailblazing photo essay, which was 1949 developed and in an interaction of smoke, smell, landscape, romance and tendency the French steam railway has feelings as symbol of the strength symbol light and as with "The Eye of Love", a photographic dear poem, a work of fully timeless poetry, which 1953 developed.
Also the photographer Edward Steichen, at that time already curator at the museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, was impressed of the series "Eye of Love", which 1954 appeared as small book in an edition from 1000 pieces. Together with Robert Frank came Edward Steichen 1953 to Zurich, in order to investigate for its large exhibition project "The Family of Man". Steichen visited that at that time 26 year old photographer Groebli, whose sitting act from the available series he acquired immediately for the renowned photographic collection of the MoMA. In addition Groebli was invited from him to participate in the show "Family of Man".
The late wedding journey of René Groebli and his Mrs. Rita in the year 1953 led the two to Paris and Southern France. The series developed there is a concentration on a temporally short and emotional situation. The pictures captivate the play with the silhouette, the absorbed light, the deep shade, the contrast of sharpness and unsharpness, veiling and revealing by the beauty of the movements. They live on the suggestion and the association. One sees still life, a interieur of the hotel room, a view from the window, a scene in the neighbouring cafe - however in the center stands for something, which the photographer with the eyes of the love regards: his wife. Rita.
(excerpts from the accompanying text in the Reprint, 2002 "The eye of Love" of Birgit Filzmaier)
René Groebli - selection
- Saarbrücken - subjektive Fotografie
- Luzern - Weltausstellung Photographie
- MOMA, New York - Family of Man
- Kunsthaus Zürich
- Arles RIP
- Essen, Museum Folkwang, Collection Otto Steinert
- Paris, Centre National de la Photo
- Tarazona, Spain
- Genf, Centre de la Photographie
- Paris, Mois de la Photo
- Cottbus, Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen
- Paris, Galerie Camera Obscura
- Kunsthaus Zürich - retrospective
- Lausanne, Musée de l´Elysée
- Zürich, Nikon Image House
- Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, USA
- in focus Galerie, Köln
- Kecskemet, Ungarn, Ungarisches Fotomuseum
- Leipzig, Foto und Kameramuseum kuratiert von in focus Galerie, Köln
- Cologne Fine Art mit in focus Galerie, Köln
- in focus Galerie, Köln - Retrospektive
- Retrospektive Hamburg, Berlin
- Hamburg, Deichtorhallen, Eyes on Paris
- Winterthur, Fotomuseum, Die Schweiz im Fotobuch
René Groebli - Catalogs, Monographs, DVD:
1949 René Groebli, "Magie der Schiene", Zürich
1954 René Groebli, "Das Auge der Liebe" Zürich
1965 René Groebli, Variation I, CH, GB, USA
1971 René Groebli, Variation II, CH, GB, USA
1992 René Groebli, Visionen, Sulgen - Schweiz
1995 René Groebli, Magie du Rail, Photoarchives 2, Neuchatel, Schweiz
2000 René Groebli, Irland, Schweiz
2002 René Groebli, The eye of love, Reprint von 1954
2006 René Groebli, Rail Magic, Zürich
2007 René Groebli, Magie aus der Dunkelkammer, DVD von Phil Dänzer, 50 Min, gesendet SF und 3Sat