BERLIN, GERMANY.- Museum für Fotografie presents Raymond Depardon Villes Cities Städte - an exhibition by Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris and Museum für Fotografie, Berlin, on view through April 1, 2007. From Cairo to Rio, from Shanghai to Dubai, from Addis Ababa to New York - from twelve of the world's metropoles the French photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon brought back twelve films and a great many photographs in response to a commission by the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain. He chose to spend no more than three days in each city, taking along a film and a photographic camera and ten 5-minute spools of films. He is alone and he observes. A first impression, a first exploration of the city, photographing what he sees, taking it by surprise. No mise-en-scène, nothing is set up, he films with his body and the image becomes movement. The twelve films are shown together in a large installation in the ruinous Kaisersaal of the Museum für Fotografie for the first time. They will surround visitors, sweep them up into the rhythm of each city, suck them into the flow of people coming out of subway stations, intoxicate them with a mosaic of colors. Approximately 300 photographs are exhibited in an original installation in an adjacent room, revealing another vision of the city, a counterpoint to the cinematographic view.
The exhibition is beeing held under the patronage of the French Ambassador to Germany.