Deutsche Vita – A retrospective « The Jerusalem Artists House – בית האמנים בירושלים

Moses Stefan

Deutsche Vita – A retrospective

Opening: Saturday, 3 March 2007

Closing: Saturday, 14 April 2007

  • Stefan Moses (B. 1928) began his long career as a photographer at 1943, when he began his training as an assistant to the Silesian photographer Grete Bodlée. In the spring of 1944 Moses was sent to the Ostlinde labor camp, from which he escaped a year later. Since 1995, the works of Stefan Moses have been part of the Münchner Stadtmuseum’s collection.
    This retrospective opened in Munich, and smaller version of the exhibition with the title “Deutsche Vita” has embark on an international tour under the auspices of the Goethe-Institute.
    The photographs in this exhibition bear testimony in a double sense. They are the culmination of a lifetime of artistic accomplishment by a gifted photographer. But they also offer us a retrospective view on the people in Germany in the post-war period. The personnel of his portraits are from academic and cultural circles: philosophers, writers, artists, academics, and actors – representing the great figures of each profession. Alongside he presents the tram conductors, street cleaners, and the women who sell newspapers. They allow us a view of the social situation of people who secure a living by the work of their bare hands. The gems of this exhibition are those in the series “Abschied und Anfang – Ostdeutsche Porträts” (“Taking Leave and Beginning – East German Portraits”), these series of portraits taken at the twilight of the German “Workers’ and Farmers’ State” impress us with an ambivalence situated between scepticism and hope. All the photographs display a particular authenticity, even a truth, which has been revealed by Stefan Moses with the help of props.