IMAGO Camera announce ‘I of The Lens’ exhibition

Jan 31, 2024

IMAGO Camera, the world’s only analogue, large format camera designed for life-sized, self-portraits, is set to captivate audiences with an extraordinary exhibition featuring stunning black and white portraits of cinematographers from across the globe. This groundbreaking display, curated by Vika Safrigina, producer and Susanna Kraus, the visionary artist behind IMAGO Camera, will open its doors on February 18, 2024, coinciding with the prestigious Berlinale International Film Festival.  

The IMAGO Camera is a true interactive object d’art and transcends traditional photography by allowing cinematographers to step into the spotlight and become authors of their own images. This unique walk-in camera was invented by the physicist Werner Kraus and artist Erhard Hoesle in 1972 in Munich, 20 years before the IMAGO federation was founded. As photographer and subject converge, each sitter transforms into the artist behind the lens, creating captivating self-portraits that reveal a unique perspective of themselves. 

The exhibition will showcase the life-sized portraits of distinguished cinematographers such as Lawrence Sher, ASC; Bojana Andric, SAS; Teresa Medina, AEC; Markus Forderer, ASC; Martin Ruhe, ASC; Balazs Bolygo, BSC; Ashley Barron, ACS; and many more. These awe-inspiring images will be accompanied by photography and still frames taken by each cinematographer, offering viewers a rare opportunity to connect with these visionary artists on both sides of the camera. 

In partnership with IMAGO — International Federation of Cinematographers’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee, SUMOLIGHT lighting solutions, and Leitz Cine, the exhibition aims to celebrate the diversity of filmmakers who breathe life into the grand canvas of the movie screen. The display will inspire and empower the next generation of artists from all walks of life to pursue their dreams, encouraging all people to explore the beauty of photography and the joy of capturing their own portraits regardless of gender, nationality or background. 

“This exhibition is a testament to the artistry and creativity of cinematographers, often unsung heroes behind the camera. The IMAGO Camera not only captures their essence through life-sized portraits but also allows them to become the authors of their own narrative. We are thrilled to partner with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of IMAGO Federation to bring this unique experience to the public,” says Vika Safrigina, the exhibition’s producer. 

Don’t miss the chance to witness this groundbreaking exhibition at IMAGO Studio in Berlin during Berlinale, as IMAGO Camera invites you to explore the intersection of art and cinematography like never before. 

The exhibit opens, February 18, 2024 until February 25, 2024, every day from 14:00-19:00. 

By appointment starting February 26, 2024 until March 31, 2023. 

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