Between 1992 and 2004, Dieter Blum redefined the "cowboy myth", - a genre of high and trivial culture. Blum defines the archetype of the cowboy as the mental vade mecum for the accelerated individual society, a synthesis of old and new values. His image motifs are full of allusions, references and visions.
The fascination of movement. About the power of speed. In the silence of pausing in the midst of the dynamics. In loneliness. The elegance of sensuality.
Blum's world-famous photographs transformed the myth of freedom into the world of everyday life. Many motifs have become established in the mainstream of collective visual memory. Blum's trademark: the coarse grain and the exaggerated coloration, which gives his works an almost cinematic drama.
Blum depicts possible forms of individual freedom and also finds a new image of men in his photographs of dancers. The dancer Ismael Ivo compares the shoots with Blum against the background of his collaboration with Robert Mapplethorpe: "Blum mastered the time of movement in photography and immortalized the image in a genius capture." Blum's breathtaking images of dancers show male body movements, emotions and the age-old desire being able to fly, excellence, wildness and continuity, defenselessness, sensuality and almost sculptural physicality. The exhibition MEN shows approximately fifteen large-format and now rare photographs, including the last available image titled "Low Clearance".
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