Renowned photographer and film director Anton Corbijn has created a new collection of black and white portraits of some of the most prominent names in art, fashion and music for an exhibition entitled Inwards and Onwards. The exhibition will open on November 5 and will run through to December 15 at Stellan Holm Gallery.
Inwards and Onwards will feature a series of black-and-white portraits depicting various influential artists, musicians, models and designers, ranging from Gerhard Richter to Iggy Pop to Kate Moss. These exquisitely composed, deeply human photographs represent the very best of Corbijn’s craft as a portrait photographer. Foregoing any use of artificial lighting, Corbijn discovers subtle nuances of light and soft contours, creating a stillness that seems almost sculptural.
Like so much of Corbijn’s oeuvre, this series of portraits astutely portrays those whose creativity and fervor have served to shape the culture around us. Corbijn demonstrates a personal, contemplative view towards his subjects, and above all, an adoration for these important and iconic figures. A social and psychological awareness pervades, truthfully engaging the viewer in what it means to be an artist in our contemporary times. Whilst depicting those who traverse the inherent trials and tribulations of the creative process, Corbijn offers a unique glimpse into the artistic mind of his subjects, as well as his own.
Anton Corbijn, born in Strijen, Netherlands in 1955, established himself with portraits of artists such as David Bowie, Miles Davis, Bono, Clint Eastwood, and Tom Waits. He has directed over 75 music videos, designed numerous album covers and has exhibited in major galleries and museums worldwide, such as the Ludwig Museum, Budapest, The Moscow Museum of Art, Moscow and the Groninger Museum, Holland (Groningen). More recently, Corbijn has directed major motion picture films including the 2010 film, The American, starring George Clooney.