Herbert List Photograph taken from List's apartment window at 26 Ainmillerstrasse, using a telephoto lens. Munich. Germany. 1953. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List "The Egg-Despiser". Hamburg. Germany. 1931. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Goldfish bowl. "The captive fish in its bowl and the open sea symbolize man who, being tied to earth, can never quite break free from matter, and who, while having intimations of a sublime world, i (...)
Herbert List "Masked man with barrel". Near Hamburg. Germany. 1931. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List "Reflections of St. Marco". Venice. Italy. 1953. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List "Friends fishing". Lake Lucerne (Lac des Quatre-Cantons). Switzerland. 1936-1937. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Herbert List Jean Cocteau. French poet, playwright & film director. At the back door of Cocteau's apartment, where Cocteau had drawn a sketch from his film "Orphée". Palais Royal. Paris. France. 1944. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos

In an exhibition comprising 120 works, new light is shed on the elusive oeuvre of German photographer Herbert List, and aims to explain why it is so hard to categorize his work. Over the course of his career, List would work in almost every genre that photography has to offer: architecture, still life, street-photography, portraiture, documentation and cataloguing. Yet he also blurred the demarcation between those fields: architectural shots seem like composed still lifes or surreal compositions. Documentation of Greek sculptures or African artefacts borders on portraiture; and when capturing the classical beauty of the male physique, one does not quite know if we look at painstakingly composed arrangements or a private photo-diary, shot spontaneously from the hip.

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