Anton Corbijn: "R.E.M. Seen between 1990-2010" @ Albertinum, DresdenMusic // Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012
One of the great chroniclers of contemporary music, Dutch-born photographer and film director Anton Corbijn has been responsible for making iconic images and videos for bands such as Joy Division, U2, Nirvana, and REM. The latter is the subject of Corbijn's latest photo exhibition, R.E.M. Seen Between 1990-2010, now showing at the Albertinum Museum in Dresden, Germany. Although some of our favorite works by Corbijin have been his black and whites, his experiments with browns, blues, and other color treatments are also fantastic. This exhibition is on display through June 10, 2012.
Corbijn relationship with the great American indie band turned international record selling giants REM took off just as the Augusta, Georgia band became a household name. His album cover design for band's 1992 album Automatic For the People, mixed with interior photography, is sum of the most famed visual work from the band.
From the museum:
Anton Corbijn’s distinctive style is characterised by a clear and realistic perspective. He does not take his photographs in a studio, nor does he use artificial light or a tripod. As a result, remote celebrities suddenly appear close, vulnerable and even sentimental. Using his camera in this way, Anton Corbijn documented the most important phases in the career of the band R.E.M. Rather than being staged images, the approximately 40 photographs in this exhibition authentically show the personalities of the band members and even provide intimate glimpses into their lives.
When R.E.M. disbanded in September 2011 after 31 successful years in the music business, their last album "Collapse into Now" was just a few months old. It was an unusual album, not only due to its musical diversity but above all because singer Michael Stipe took a completely different tack in it. In parallel with the album, he initiated a film project, curating it himself and engaging successful directors and actors to support him. Twelve short films to twelve songs – that was the idea behind this unusual collaboration between the music star Stipe and renowned figures from Hollywood. The film makers included, for example, the Oscar-nominated US actor James Franco, the French artist Sophie Calle, the 85-year old documentary film maker Albert Maysles and the British director, photographer and concept artist Sam Taylor-Wood.
For a period of three months, these short films are being shown in the Albertinum – for the first time alongside photographs by Anton Corbijn.