Helmar Lerski: Metamorphosis

South Gallery

September 17 - October 23, 2004

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Helmar Lerski, photographer, c.1936
11 3/4 x 15 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Untitled #519, from the series: 'Metamorphosis through Light', Tel Aviv, 1936
11 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Untitled #521, from the series: 'Metamorphosis through Light', Tel Aviv, 1936
11 3/8 x 9 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Untitled, 454, from the series: 'Arabs and Jews', Palestine, 1931-35
11 3/8 x 9 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Untitled (hand with a hammer), from the series: 'Human Hands,' Palestine, 1944
6 5/8 x 7 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Yemeni Man #59, from the series: 'Arabs and Jews,' Palestine, 1931-35
11 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Yemenite Woman, from the series: 'Arabs and Jews,' Palestine, 1932
11 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Untitled #555, from the series: 'Metamorphosis through Light,' Tel Aviv, 1936
11 5/8 x 9 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Untitled #566, from the series: 'Metamorphosis through Light', Tel Aviv, 1936
11 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Untitled #569, from the series: 'Metamorphosis through Light', Tel Aviv, 1936
11 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Untitled #505, from the series: 'Metamorphosis through Light', Tel Aviv, 1936
11 1/8 x 9 1/8 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Die Gebardensprache, 1886
3 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 1 inches
Cloth with embossed decprative cover and title in gold.
Containing 94 albumen prints, mounted 3 or 4 to a page.

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Untitled #600 from the series, 1936
10 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches
Gelatin silver print

Helmar Lerski  Metamorphosis Howard Greenberg Gallery 2004

Selections from Helmar Lerski, 1936
60 x 84 inches
34 Gelatin silver prints

Press Release

“For heaven’s sake, dear Mr. Meidner, you aren’t going to throw down your brush and palette and become a photographer, are you? …Don’t take offense at the machine. Here too, it’s the spirit that creates value… Photography is something great. It doesn’t do any good to step back and cry. Join in, but hurry! Photography marches on!”
-Helmar Lerski to the painter Ludwig Meidner, 1930

 

Howard Greenberg Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs from the 1930s by Helmar Lerski (1871-1956). Lerski was an artist with a multi-dimensional career as a portrait photographer, actor and cinematographer, freely moving through each discipline throughout his life. He is best known however for his series of monumental portraits of tightly cropped heads and hands featuring dramatic and complex lighting schemes.