about the exhibition
Herbert Tobias (1924–1982) was the enfant terrible among the German photographers of the post-war period; In the fifties, he made a name for himself with glamorous fashion shots, becoming a star photographer within a very short time – and yet he always remained a non-conformist. In the mid sixties, he consciously abandoned this shining career. His name was forgotten, but his pictures remain well-known: portraits of the young Klaus Kinski, the singer Nico and Andreas Baader, shots of the ruined city of Berlin, seductive fashion photos, and erotic photographs of men. In 1982, when Tobias died in poverty at the age of 57, he left behind a multifaceted oeuvre that evades stylistic categorisation.