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Europe in the Fifties. Through a Soldier‘s Lens

May, 8th until July, 17th 2015 Pre Opening: GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN 2015
30 th April 02 pm - 07 pm and 1st + 2nd May 12 pm - 04 pm

The exhibition will be extended until August 7, 2015

From May 8th to July 17th, 2015, Hilaneh von Kories Gallery in Berlin will present works by New York based photographer Bill Perlmutter. Beginning in 1954, on assignment for the US Army, Perlmutter traveled through Europe. “Europe in the Fifties. Through a Soldier’s Lens” shows a selection of his images taken in Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. The 82-year old’s work is a historical treasure that will be presented for the first time in Berlin.

The photographer’s view of war-torn Europe is direct and intuitive. Without much background knowledge and with a somewhat biased opinion primarily shaped by films he had watched, the young GI set out to start his coverage in a discrete manner; always conscious of his subjects privacy. With an open mind and obvious interest in people, he witnesses a Europe, which is marked by visual reminders of a war that had been fought ten years earlier. Despite post war and the austerity he witnesses a Europe determined to move forward. It is all there in front of Perlmutter’s camera, which captures street scenes as a curious and impartial spectator. He never judges, but always leaves his subjects with a sense of dignity. “The streets became a stage and the people the actors, in a constantly changing and fascinating theatre of reality”, Perlmutter comments on his photographic inspiration.
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Bill Perlmutter
Open Wide, Germany 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta

It all started in December 1954, when the then 22-year old soldier boarded a troopship to Germany, to start his new assignment as a photographer for the U.S. Army. The first images from Perlmutter’s Rolleiflex were taken during the rough transatlantic voyage. Even though he had never left the United States and was a bit apprehensive about his future, Perlmutter was “looking forward to photographing Europe and visiting all those wonderful places that I had read about and seen in the movies.” His first leave after his deployment to Augsburg Germany, brought him to Paris, the city of light and home to many of his favorite photographers. „The hotel was 4th class but the city was in a class by itself“.

Permutter‘s view of post-war Italy was strongly influenced by the gritty realistic films such as „The Bicycle Thief“ by Victorio de Sica. His preconceptions of Italy were further challenged when he found most Italians to be congenial, outgoing and optimistic about the future. „Rome was a living history lesson and Venice the most enchanting city I had ever seen.”Perlmutter’s photographs taken in Spain and Portugal display an honest interest in the conditions and the cultural distinctions that existed post war. His images are a testament to the different living standards in various parts of Europe.

Bill Perlmutter: Children Waving at U.S.Tanks, Germany, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Vorschaubild
Children Waving at U.S.Tanks,
Germany, 1956
Bill Perlmutter: Policeman, Madrid, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40 cm
Vorschaubild
Policeman,
Madrid, 1956
Bill Perlmutter: Postcard Seller, Paris, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Vorschaubild
Postcard Seller,
Paris, 1956
Bill Perlmutter: Old Couple in the park, Paris, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40
Vorschaubild
Old Couple in the park,
Paris, 1955

Almost 60 years after the images were conceived, they clearly document the photographer’s sense of the special moment. Every image becomes a lively piece in the puzzle of remembrance and an accurate report on the historical period inserting great meaning into personal encounters. His insightful work will continue to inform and delight for many years to come. Even as time passes, the images remain fresh.

Bill Perlmutter was born in New York on September 5th, 1932. He began his career whith the Bachelor of Arts in Motion Picture Techniques from the City College Film Institute in New York. In 1954 after graduating from the United States Army Photography School, he spend two years in Europe as a staff photographer for the U.S. Army newspapers based in West Germany. After, he traveled extensively all around the world as a free-lance photographer. From 1978-1997 he worked for a company specializing in photographic and digital retouching.

Bill Perlmutter: Man With Dark Glasses, Italy, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Vorschaubild
Man With Dark Glasses,
Italy, 1956
Bill Perlmutter: Boy on the Beach, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40 cm
Vorschaubild
Boy on the Beach,
Portugal, 1956
Bill Perlmutter: Front Side and Rear, Spain, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Vorschaubild
Front Side and Rear,
Spain, 1956
Bill Perlmutter: Nitrato do Chile, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Vorschaubild
Nitrato do Chile,
Portugal, 1956

Perlmutter‘s images have been collected and exhibited by fine art galleries world wide and are in many private collections. His images are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian Museum and The Museum of the City of New York. His entire exhibition from his show „Return to Ground Zero“ is currently housed in the new 9/11 Memorial Museum.

The book “Through a Soldier’s Lense - Europe in the Fifties” was published in Berlin by seltmann+söhne in 2014 and has won a silver medal from the German Photo Book Publishers association.

Cover Bill Perlmutter
„Through a Soldier‘s Lens – Europe in the Fifties“
seltmann+söhne, 2013

This publication is available in the gallery.

More photos from this exhibition

Bill Perlmutter: Boy With Toe in the Sand, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 25 × 25 cm
open image gallery
Bill Perlmutter: Dancing on the Beach, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Under the Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: G.I. Cigarettes, Germany, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 25 × 25 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Pigeon Fright, Venice, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Woman in Doorway, Spain, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Schoolgirls in the Train Station, Germany, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Bathing in the Nahe River, Bad Kreuznach, Germany, 1954
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Hill-Billy Gasthaus, Germany, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Soccer Fan, Germany, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Old Couple, Germany, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Hitler Lookalike, Germany, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Farmer With Lamb, Italy, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Women in Folk Dress, Germany, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Grande Dame, Germany, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Carriage and Broom, Germany, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 25 × 25 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Naughty Dog, Germany, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 25 × 25 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Headless Chicken, Spain, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 25 × 25 cm
Bill Perlmutter: A Kiss on the Hand, Paris, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 25 × 25 cm
Bill Perlmutter: A Walk in the Park, Paris, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Piazza del Popolo, Rome, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Along the Banks of the Main, Germany, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Child with Cat on Cobblestones, Italy, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 25 × 25 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Umbrella Boy, Italy, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Father and Two Children, Germany, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Father and Son on a Bench, Spain, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Three Boys Under an Umbrella, Rome, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Grandmother and Child, Spain, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Man With Box Camera, Paris, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Praying Priest in Front of Saint Peters, Rome, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 25 × 25 cm
Bill Perlmutter: School Boys, Italy, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Perlmutter Wading in the Adria, Italy, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 25 × 25 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Girl With Baskets, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 25 × 25 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Watching the Sea, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Oxen Pulling Cart, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 40 × 40 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Four Gypsy Children, Spain, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 25 × 25 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Waiting for the Weather to Clear, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Hooded Sailor, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Two Woman Waiting, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Nazare, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Wives and Children, Portugal, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Four Men and a Painting, Italy, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Man Leaning on Bales of Rope, Spain, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Butcher Shop, Rome, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Hardware Store, Spain, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Women and Wagon, Spain, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Street Musicians, Paris, 1955
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Lady in a Cafe, Paris, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Gauloise Ash, Paris, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm
Bill Perlmutter: Woman Reading in Park, Paris, 1956
Fine Art Print on Harman Gloss Baryta 27 × 27 cm

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Bill Perlmutter:
Europe in the Fifties. Through a Soldier‘s Lens

May, 8th until July, 17th 2015
Pre Opening: GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN 2015
30 th April 02 pm - 07 pm and 1st + 2nd May 12 pm - 04 pm
The exhibition will be extended until August 7, 2015
Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday 14–19
Saturday 12–15
and by appointment

Galerie Hilaneh von Kories
Belziger Straße 35
10823 Berlin
Fon: +49 (30) 787 13 65 0
mail@galeriehilanehvonkories.de
www.galeriehilanehvonkories.de

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