Tod Papageorge (*1940)

Tod Papageorge
Tod Papageorge

Tod Papageorge wurde 1940 in Portsmouth geboren und begann während seines letzten Semesters an der University of New Hampshire zu fotografieren, wo er 1962 seinen Abschluss in englischer Literatur machte. In den 1970er Jahren erhielt er zwei Guggenheim Fellowships und National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grants. 1979 wurde er zum Walker Evans Professor an der Yale School of Art ernannt, wo er bis 2013 auch die Position des Director of Graduate Studies of Photography innehatte. Papageorges Arbeiten wurden international ausgestellt und sind in über 30 bedeutenden öffentlichen Sammlungen vertreten.
Im Jahr 2009 war Papageorge Resident an der American Academy in Rom und wurde 2010 mit der Rome Commission in Photography ausgezeichnet. Im Jahr 2012 erhielt er den Lucie Award für Dokumentarfotografie. Papageorges Einfluss auf die zeitgenössische Fotografie kann kaum überschätzt werden. Renommierte Fotografen wie Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Gregory Crewdson oder Anna Gaskell gehörten zu seinen Schülern. Aktuell lebt und arbeitet Papageorge in New York.

TOD PAPAGEORGE „War & Peace in New York Vol. I & II“

Informationen zur Sammlung:
Zum Kauf steht der letzte verfügbare vollständige Satz von Tod Papageorges Serie „War & Peace in New York Vol. I & II“ in einer Edition von 15, wobei nur die ersten 6 Editionen als komplette Portfolios inkl. Box erhältich sind.
Der komplette Satz besteht aus 2 Portfolios („Down To The City“ & „The Dear Common Round“) mit je 22 herausragenden Silbergelatine-Abzügen, welche sich in einer hochwertigen von Hand gefertigten Aluminiumbox befinden. Neben den Fotografien enthält jede Box ein eigens dafür produziertes Buch mit allen Abbildungen und Begleittexten.


"The pictures in this portfolio were produced between 1966–1971, under the shadow of the long American war in Vietnam. I started making them when I was twenty-five, a few years after taking an introductory photography class during my last semester of college. Looking at them now reminds me of how furious I was about what seemed the endless suffering caused by the war and, more generally, of how intensely I felt about everything, including, on the positive side, my passion for photography. That intensity, for better or worse, is the quality I meant to capture through the editing of this portfolio: above all else, I wanted to be true to the spirit of the young man I remember being then."    Tod Papageorge

Portfolio I:   "DOWN TO THE CITY"

Tod Papageorge:

"So there’s something of the razor’s edge being whetted in this group of photographs, even in many of those not directly concerned with the war and its alarms. It was a mad and often unforgiving world then, one that had earned, at least as I saw it, an unrepentant response to its violence and manias. The problem, though (as always), was to make pictures where form and subject tangled in a visual argument active enough to suggest that each individual photograph and its ‘meaning’ was still in the process of being revealed as a viewer looked at it. An argument which I believe these photographs make, one by one."


Tod Papageorge:

"I moved to New York in late 1965, after spending most of that year traveling and photographing in Europe. The pictures in this portfolio, then, represent my initial responses to a city where I would live for nearly three decades. Their general subject, as I see it now, is discovery, both of New York and photography itself, carried out in what seemed to me at the time to be a slow, painful process. Now, though, having reviewed and edited this work more than fifty years after it was made, I find that I trusted myself and certainly photography more than I realized during my daily walks in the street. For the actions and exchanges that a city’s people make thousands of times a day seem honored simply and directly in many of these photographs, even as they move toward greater visual complexity in parallel with my ongoing understanding of the medium I was working so hard to master."

«Kunst ist nicht Luxus, sondern Notwendigkeit.» 

Lyonel Feininger, 1871–1956