Lenny Kravitz & Mathieu Bitton
Flash / Ascension
Video of the exhibition opening © Katharina Buschenreiter / OstLicht
OstLicht together with Leica Camera AG presented a selection of 50 works by Lenny Kravitz at the premises of OstLicht Gallery. The life of a rock star is lived in public. Celebrated, admired, but also observed, crowded and pursued by fans and photographers, groupies, autograph hunters, gossip columnists and reporters – all armed with smartphones, TV and digital cameras, microphones. And flashes.
Lenny Kravitz has turned the tables – and the camera – and trained his Leica on the caravan of reporters and fans which accompanies him wherever he goes. He has turned the surreal situation of being the focus of attention, constantly faced with a living wall of camera lenses, into a series of photographs. In laconic black and white images, Kravitz captures the repetitive ritual that takes place around him on an almost daily basis.
Mathieu Bitton’s portraits showed new facets of life within the rock music circus in the parallel exhibition »Ascension«. The photographer, a long-time comrade-in-arms of Kravitz, has accompanied the musician on his world tours, capturing both grand poses on stage and quiet hours between concerts. These works were exhibited for the first time as part of the exhibition »Flash«.
The photographs are available for sale as archival pigment prints in a limited edition in two formats.
IMPRESSIONS FROM THE OPENING
#56, from the series »Ascension«
Archival pigment print on baryta