Shown for the first time in Europe, and inspired by background imagery that is totally rock’n’roll, the exhibition, “The Look of Sound” will present a collection of photographs from the camera lens of Norman Seeff (normanseeff.com).
At the Zephyr – Raum Für Fotografie (zephyr-mannheim.com) in Mannheim, from the 28th of September to the 25th of January 2015, 200 portrait photographs will recount the American artistic scene from the Seventies onwards.
Seeff was born in South Africa and emigrated to the United States for further medical training in 1960, where he then earnt his living as a photographer. Amongst the images he portrays is Andy Warhol, and his friendship with Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe.
He quickly became a star in the photographic music world, adding to a successful portfolio names like Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, The Rolling Stones, Steve Jobs, Frank Zappa and Zubin Mehta, only a few of the very many faces he has portrayed.
Also valuable is the study of creativity that Seeff undertook during his photo sessions, which were often also filmed: he would ask each one their opinion on the nature of creativity. The films he took give a profound insight into the souls of the artists, and make it possible to partecipate as the photographer works with his subjects.
These private filmed accounts, will also be made available and will be shown on monitors during the exhibition.