Dieter Blum (*1936, lives and works in Düsseldorf) not only shaped the photographic image of the world-famous MARLBORO advertising campaign, but also worked for DAIMLER, Porsche, Shell, ABB, Bilfinger, Festo and Jaeger-leCoultre. His outstanding photographs can be found in magazines such as STERN, SPIEGEL, TIME, Vanity Fair, GEO, National Geographic. He devoted a large part of his work to the topics of music, dance and art.
Blum began taking photographs ambitiously as a teenager, became a member of the “lichtbildnergruppe esslingen” early on, worked as a curator of the European photo projects and founded his own studio. From 1971 onwards he created his first photo series for the magazine “Stern”, for which he worked as a freelance photographer for 29 years. His photos and reports subsequently appear in Spiegel, Zeit Magazin, Vanity Fair, Time Magazine and Geo, among others. Own publications and opulent illustrated books in very large editions were created, including: 1976, Africa - Fascination of a Continent; 1980, USSR – voyage of discovery to a rich country; 1984, Nippon – The new superstate Japan. In total, Dieter Blum has published over sixty books over the course of almost 40 years of work.\
Dieter Blum has been traveling around the world as a chronicler since the mid-1960s. He accompanied, among others, Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (1981) in rehearsals, performances and on tour, or - in 2005/2006 - the then Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schröder for eighteen months. In his freelance work, which is largely dedicated to dance, as a photographer and director he creates images with high aesthetic standards and erotic charisma. His exhibitions with these images Body Cathedrals (2003/04) became a sensation in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Dieter Blum received the greatest international attention for a cigarette-campaign, which he played a key role in shaping from 1992 to 2004 as one of two European photographers. The images and the appeal of freedom and adventure they claim have made it into one of the most successful campaigns ever. A German photographer who captures the genuinely American myth so well that the well-known US artist Richard Prince uses it in his work.
November 10th, 2023 - February 9th, 2024
The internationally renowned photo artist, Dieter Blum (*1936, lives and works in Düsseldorf) not only set the tone of the photographic image of the MARLBORO advertizing campaign, but worked also for DAIMLER,Porsche, Shell, ABB, Bilfinger, Festo and Jaeger-LeCoultre. His outstanding photographs were found in magazines such as STERN, SPIEGEL, TIME, Vanity Fair, GEO, National Geographic. He dedicated a large part of his work to the topics of music, dance and art. The exhibition MEN shows a common thread in the entire work of Dieter Blum, namely the ambition to shape visually a contemporary image of men. Blum explored this topos in two areas, both challenging for the photographer: dance and cowboy.