OSTLICHT. GALERIE FÜR FOTOGRAFIE
LEICA CAMERA AG & OSTLICHT PHOTO GALLERY PRESENT
LENNY KRAVITZ “FLASH!”
Press Conference: Monday, 10 August 2015 | 11 am
Opening: Monday, 10 August 2015 | 7 pm
Absberggasse 27 | A-1100 Wien
Peter Coeln (Leica Shop, West/OstLicht), Lenny Kravitz
at photo museum WestLicht © P. Jakadofsky (WestLicht)
The life of a rock star is lived in public. Celebrated, admired, but also observed,
crowded and pursued by fans and photographers, groupies, autograph hunters,
gossip columnists and reporters – all armed with smartphones, TV and digital
cameras, microphones. And flashes. Lenny has turned the tables – and the camera
– and trained his Leica on the caravan of reporters and fans which accompanies him
wherever he goes. He has turned the surreal situation of being the focus of attention,
constantly faced with a living wall of camera lenses, into a series of photographs. In
laconic black and white images,
Lenny Kravitz © Leica Gallery Wetzlar
Kravitz captures the repetitive ritual that takes place around him on an almost daily
basis. Leica Camera AG and OstLicht now present a selection of 50 of his works at
the premises of the OstLicht Photo Gallery. The OstLicht owner and Leica Shop proprietor
Peter Coeln and Lenny Kravitz started fine-tuning this idea for an exhibition already last year,
when the latter visited WestLicht and OstLicht. After stops at the Leica Gallery in L.A. and
recently in Wetzlar, the Leica company headquarters, the two now open the exhibition in
Vienna on 10 August, the concept of which has been adapted and expanded especially for
the OstLicht Gallery. “It’s interesting that the very people who chase me to take my photographs
have become the subjects of my first photo exhibition. Through turning the lens back on them,
I have indirectly taken a deeper look at myself and the surreal world that I live in when on the road.
What once was intrusive has now become a beautiful moment of a dance between the
hunter and it’s prey.” Mathieu Bitton’s portraits show new facets of life within the rock
music circus. The photographer, a long-time comrade-in-arms of Kravitz, has accompanied
the musician on his world tours, capturing both grand poses on stage and quiet hours
These works are exhibited for the first time as part of the exhibition FLASH.
All photographs are available for purchase. The OstLicht Gallery presents an exclusive,
limited poster edition accompanying the exhibition.
Lenny Kravitz’ first photo book FLASH was published early this year
(art direction and design by Mathieu Bitton).
As part of the artistic cooperation with Lenny Kravitz and his creative agency Kravitz Design,
early in 2015 the Leica Camera AG presented a special edition of the camera Leica M-P Set
CORRESPONDENT BY LENNY KRAVITZ FOR KRAVITZ DESIGN, limited to 125 cameras world-wide.
Exhibition on view from 11 – 22 August 2015
OstLicht GmbH, Galerie für Fotografie,
Absberggasse 27 | A-1100 Wien
Gallery Wed-Sat 12-6 pm and by appointment
Library Wed-Fri 12-6 pm
OstLicht Gallery can be reached by public transport:
U1 to Reumannplatz or the U3 to Enkplatz or the tram line 6 to the stop Absberggasse.
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