If you have ever been to Dresden, Germany, one of the things that stands out is the fact that Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, and all of its descriptions of fire-bombing disaster, still sort of stands today. Granted, we took a train through in 2004, so surely it has improved, and it has, but remnants of World War II still exist for sure. In a completely different bit of news, famed rock photographer, Anton Corbijn, just opened a new exhibition, “R.E.M. Seen between 1990-2010″ at the Albertinum Museum in Dresden, featuring over 40 large format photos of Corbijn’s documentation of the famed Augusta, Georgia band.
Here is the sweet and lowdown:
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.
From The Citrus Report