The Berlin photographer Sven Hoffmann is showing the exhibition “Pretty Close” with a selection of his photographs in a pop up gallery, Torstraße 138 in Berlin-Mitte until April 7, 2018.
Wild distorted faces of boxers, burlesque dancers in ecstasy, marathon runners after the finish, rock musicians in absolute euphoria. Always pretty close. People under power shape Sven Hoffmann’s photographs. But he is not fascinated by the spectacle of a scene; the emotion unleashed in bodies is the true event: the concentrated endurance, the moment of euphoria, laughter or weeping – they are the focus of the images.
EXHIBITION VISIT – Virtual tour of the exhibition “Pretty Close” by photographer Sven Hoffmann at Torstraße 138 as 360 degree panorama:
When marathon runners reach the finish line after 42 km, the Berlin photographer does not show us the finish line or the body, but looks straight into the athlete’s faces, which burst with pain, exhaustion and happiness at the same time. We always come so close to the people, standing in the middle of the ring, are live on stage and yet always remain invisible observers, who cheer with respectful restraint. Never will your own look become the theme of the photos, the pictures will never look stylistic or voyeuristic, but rather like lovingly staged portraits to remember moments of pride and strength. We experience them all in their vulnerability and greatness as heroes of their own world.
Curiosity, openness and passion are the impulses of these pictures, from which an unbiased relationship to the people speaks. That’s why Sven Hoffmann manages to get pretty close to his motives.
The exhibition “PRETTY CLOSE” shows a printed selection of his pictures.
Sven Hoffmann is a Berlin based photographer. He started working on the film early on, gained background experience in production and direction, and 15 years later founded V8 Film Production. Since then he has realized projects for amongst others Beats by Dre, Under Armor, Audi, Samsung, Sony, MTV, Nike and more. In addition, he accompanied bands such as Queens of the Stone Age, Billy Idol, Freundeskreis, Iggy Pop and Bosshoss, making long-formatted music documentaries.
His photos are taken at rock concerts, sports events and extended motorcycle trips. He has captured charismatic faces and emotionally charged everyday moments in more than 50 countries.
Vernissage: Friday, 23rd March 2018, 07:00 – 09:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Monday, 24th March to Saturday, 7th April 2018
WHERE? Torstraße 138, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Image caption: Marathon Pics – Sven Hoffmann Photography
Sven Hoffmann – Pretty Close – Photography Exhibition | ART at Berlin