Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
27 June – 12 October 2014
What would we know about the stars and starlets of this world without the paparazzi, who photograph them constantly and shamelessly? Probably nothing. This exhibition, organised by the Centre Pompidou-Metz in conjunction with the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt first explores the artistic and sociological aspects of the phenomenon of the paparazzo and turns the spotlight not only on the photographed stars but on the photographers themselves. It also examines the influences of the paparazzi’s photographs on visual art and fashion photography.
The exploration of the phenomenon from several perspectives is also reflected in the structure of the exhibition. The first part illuminates the craft of the paparazzi and the emergence of their legendary status. The second part shows the styles and trends of these photographs over their 50-year history through six world-famous stars: Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Finally, it displays the work of different artists including Cindy Sherman, Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol, whose aesthetic reflects the influence of photographs taken by the paparazzi.