Herbert Tobias

artwork: Herbert Tobias: In memoriam an einen wunderbaren, unvergesslichen Menschen: Peter, Berlin 1957 © Berlinische Galerie / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008

Herbert Tobias is among the most important German photographers of the post-war period. He first became known for his unconventional fashion photography in Paris and Berlin in the 1950s and 60s. Today, he is famous above all for his atmospheric photographs of cityscapes, his subtle portraits and his erotic images of men. Tobias’ photographs are full of poetry, sensuality and suggestive power.
Beyond this, Tobias repeatedly appears as a homosexual artist: he never disavowed his erotically charged gaze on men, but flaunted it openly. In a time in which homosexuality was still a criminal offence he therefore took a political stand, too.

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