The Image of Man in Photography
The main focus of the collection 'The Image of Man in Photography' is fashion photography in it's broadest sense. The collection includes large sets of ‘Kunstphotography / Pictorialistic Photography’ and fashion photography of the 1920s and 1930s such as works from Baron de Meyer, Madame D' Ora, George Hoyningen-Huene, Erwin Blumenfeld, Yva and Imre von Santho. In the recent years the early days of photography became a field of acquisition for the collection, represented among others by the works of photographers like David Octavius Hill, Robert Adamson and Adolphe Eugène Disderi.
Fashion photography after WW II is represented by extensive sets of photographs e.g. by Regina Relang, Hubs Flöter, Norbert Leonard, Sonja Georgi.
The international standing of the collection in this area is held by numerous works of Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Norman Parkinson, Lilian Bassman, William Klein, Frank Horvat, David LaChapelle, Tim Walker and many others.
Fashion photography as visualisation of ‘zeitgeist’ – as it becomes manifest in postures, gestures, facial expressions and clothes – always mirrors the attitude of an era towards many aspects of life. Other photographers are part of the collection because they reach beyond the limits of the genre 'fashion photography' and document in their work the ever changing lifestyles of people in their everyday lives. Among these are Gabriele and Helmut Nothhelfer, Diane Arbus, Neal Slavin, Ralph Gibson, Larry Clark, Joel Peter Witkin, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Mark Morrisroe, Philip Lorca diCorcia and Wolfgang Tillmans.
The collection also holds series of nude photography e.g. by Wilhelm von Gloeden, Bill Brandt, Konrad Helbig, Allan Jones, Eikoh Hosoe, Les Krims, Robert Mapplethorpe, Shinya Fujiwara, Nobuyoshi Araki and Bruce Weber.
From the field of documentary photography and 'street photography' Barbara Klemm, Sebastiao Salgado, Josef Koudelka, Antanas Sutkus and Evgenij Mochorev can be mentioned as examples.
Since the mid 1970s, more and more work of visual artists who use photography as their medium found their way into the collection. Among these are Sigmar Polke, Jürgen Klauke, Walter Dahn, Georg Herold, Günther Förg, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen and Thomas Locher, but also Andy Warhol, Fischli and Weiss, Christopher Williams, Zoe Leonard, John Waters and Jenny Holzer.