Denis O'Reagan: David Bowie, World-Tour, 1983, Museum Folkwang, Essen © Denis O'Reagan

Helen Chase, Alex Kapranos Sänger von Franz Ferdinand, 2004, Museum Folkwang, Essen © Helen Chase

A star is born

Photography and Rock Music since Elvis

September 30 to January 13, 2013

The exhibition revolves around pop and rock culture, a formative force for the post-war generation in particular. 177 photographs from the collection owned by the Folkwang Museum Essen are on show, conveying a unique and true to life insight into iconoclastic figures of pop such as Elvis Presley, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles or Queen. Musicians from the independent scene of more recent history, including Coldplay or Franz Ferdinand, are also represented. The extraordinarily broad spectrum of photographers – from unknown amateurs to luminaries such as Jim Rakete – documents the musicians’ lives of stars in all their multifarious and multitudinous perspectives. The highlights are doubtless the impressive portraits of former youth idols such as Chuck Berry, Keith Richards or Iggy Pop later on in life, which provide a stark aesthetic contrast to a music market that sees its greatest sales opportunities in a superficial cult of youthfulness.