Master of Beauty: Karl Schenker’s Glamorous Images
September 10–December 30, 2016
The Museum Ludwig is taking the acquisition of some 100 photographs by Karl Schenker (1886–1954) as an opportunity to rediscover this once well-established artist. As a photographer, illustrator, painter, and occasional designer of mannequins, Schenker devoted himself above all to the female portrait and to fashion photographs. From the 1910s on, he had his studio in Berlin, interrupted by several years in New York, before he had to emigrate to London in 1938. Schenker pictured silent movie stars, dancers, musicians and the high society. He used his mastery of retouching and staging to transform his models into the glamorous figures whose images they wished to represent. To rediscover Karl Schenker is to encounter a photographer whose pictures widely circulated and were then unjustly forgotten.