Schwarzer Montag presents «Willi Ruge - The Man behind the Camera»



Image ID 210057012 - Photo by Willi Ruge | IBA-Archiv | KEYSTONE 


This March the «Schwarzer Montag» shows eight images from the series «The Man behind the Camera» (Der Mann hinter der Kamera) by Willi Ruge. On Monday, March 2, 2015, at 6 p.m., Ute Eskildsen will introduce Willi Ruge’s work at the Westflügel.

Someone gives instructions and one is tempted to turn one’s head to the right and put on a smile. Willi Ruge is the man behind the camera and at the same time the author of the images. On every image he’s pictured along with his camera. He gesticulates, heavily and gently, expressively, like a town looking for a murderer. Although in actual fact self-portraits, they don’t refer to the depicted person, but enter into a lively dialogue with the viewer and instruct him to think of something nice and not to get nervous.

So madam, think of something nice. – Turn your head slightly to the right. – And now a little higher. – Yes, that’s nice madam. – Please don’t get nervous. – Why so serious again? – No, this won’t do. – Let’s start again. – Smile, smile, smile, please. – May I ask you to move to the left a bit? – You have a delightful mouth. – Quite excellent. – Yes, yes, that’s the right position. – Shoot. – Thank you so much, madam.   

The images of Willi Ruge’s (1892-1961) facial expressions are from the early 1930s. Little has been published about Willi Ruge. We’d like to point out an article by Ute Eskildsen in the book «OBJECT: PHOTO. Modern Photographs: The Thomas Walther Collection 1909-1949». Ute Eskildsen will introduce Willi Ruge’s work at the opening of the exhibition «Willi Ruge – The Man behind the Camera» on March 2, 2015. Ute Eskildsen, long-time director of the Photographic Collection at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, is curator of acclaimed photo exhibitions. 


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