Ursula Kaufmann
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For a long time, stage photography was considered an inferior shoot in the big garden of photographic genres. The pictures taken had to be well focused in order to recognize the actors, they had to be restricted to black and white to be suitable for the newspapers, and, if at all possible, they should reflect the atmosphere of the production. Nothing more was needed. In the meantime ambitious stage photographers have helped make blurred images and color acceptable in theater business. Ursula Kaufmann, born in 1946, has supported this trend during the past two decades, but still is not satisfied. Not only does she cross the traditional lines lines of stage photography, in her “dance landscapes” after Pina Bausch’s choreography Kaufmann has gone to the limits has gone to the limits of the medium itself. Her photographs radiate overwhelming energy and dynamism, they play with the fine line between pure expressivity and eroticism, between life-style and excess. Flushes of color until near dissolution, manneristic cat walk stylings and sensual portraits take turns, thus almost letting us forget that these are all staged theater productions. Nonetheless, through all the excessive esthetics, these photographs also speak of the stage: they reflect the art of acting in their interplay of calmness and movement, speech and silence.
1946born in Essen
since 1984Dance and Ballet Photography

Exhibitions (Selection)

2005Kulturfabrik Heeder, Krefeld
Kunstpavillon der Stadt Essen
2004„Pixelprojekt – Ruhrgebiet“, Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen
FolkwangHochschule, Essen
2003Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2000EXPO 2000, Hannover
1999Kulturforum Alte Post, Neuss
1998tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf
Theatermuseum der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
1995 Aaltotheater, Essen
Internationale Hertener Fototage

Books/Catalogs (Selection)

Tanztheater heute. Dreißig Jahre deutsche Tanzgeschichte. Katalog zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung des Goethe-Instituts. Kallmeyer

Ursula Kaufmann fotografiert Pina Bausch – NUR DU – und das Tanztheater Wuppertal, Müller + Busmann

Frauen sehen Frauen,Schirmer Mosel

Ruhrstadt – Die andere Metropole, Klartextverlag

Tanzland Nordrhein-Westfalen, NRW Landesbüro Tanz

Ursula Kaufmann fotografiert Pina Bausch und das Tanztheater Wuppertal, Müller + Busmann

Tanz – Lese – Eine Geschichte des Tanzes in Essen, Klartextverlag

Tanzgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, Henschel

Getanzte Augenblicke – Ursula Kaufmann fotografiert Pina Bausch und das Tanztheater Wuppertal, Müller + Busmann
Pina Bausch – Kalender 2004/2005/2006, DUMONT

Zahlreiche Programme und Kataloge zum Tanz (u.a. in Programmen des Tanztheaters Wuppertal, Opera National de Paris)

Additional Information

Other Publications:

ballettanz, tanzjournal, ballett intern, Theater heute, Die Deutsche Bühne,Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Rheinische Post, Die Zeit, Spiegel, Handelsblatt, WAZ, NRZ, Westdeutsche Zeitung, Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Die Welt, Berliner Morgenpost, Tages-Anzeiger Zürich, Le Monde, Le Figaro, New York Times, El Pais, etc.

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