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9.05. – 1.07.2015


Group exhibition by: 

Thomas Lehne

Herbert Perl

Michael Somoroff

Analog and Black & White

Berlin, March 2015: Silber&Salz refers to the traditional method of using photosensitive silver salt, without which, this form of art would not exist.


Silber&Salz is also the name of a new photo gallery at the Berlin Holzmarkt, which is opening their doors for the first time to the public on May 8th. A discarded shipping container converted into an art gallery offers a small but exceptional space to display the gelatin-silver prints. 


The exhibition is called mixed consumption, which combines unknown work by well-known photographers, such as Robert Lebeck or the star photo-journalist Kurt Will, with work from young, lesser-known artists. Kurt Will's portraits of "Icons of Contemporary History" come from the Larry Lazarus archive and feature celebrities such as Romy Schneider, Willi Brandt, Zarah Leander and Andy Warhol. A selection of landscape photos, nudes and “People by the Sea,” by gallery owner Chris Schmid, complement the portraits and demonstrate just how strong and impactful the aesthetic effect of black and white photos can be. 


Presenting these different photographic perspectives in parallel provides “photography laymen” the opportunity to evaluate what they like and dislike. Since the majority of these photographs aren’t limited editions, the reasonable prices enable many interested people to purchase an original photograph. 


Berlin’s new photo gallery will primarily focus on analogue black and white photography and will present it in all its facets. “I see Silber&Salz as the perfect platform for cultivating a close cultural interaction between artists, collectors, and those interested in photography,” says owner Chris Schmid about his new gallery. “Our small, integrated photo lab provides the opportunity for photo workshops and demonstrations to take place directly on site in cooperation with artists and teachers. Thanks to the cooperation with Lazarus Fine Prints from Hamburg, artwork by well-known photographers is available for exciting exhibitions right from the start.”   

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