Duration: July 13 – September 22, 2019

Opening: Friday, July 12, 2019, 7 pm


Gallery talk with Michel Campeau and Celina Lunsford

Saturday, July 13, 3 pm

Curator tours with Celina Lunsford

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 3 pm

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 3 pm

Obsessed with photography - that is Michel Campeau in the very best sense. The Canadian photographer explored the medium of photography during his artistic career. With passion and always new questions. How and why do we photograph? How was the analog image created? What do photographs and their use reveal about everyday traditions, family and identity? How has photography changed the way we look at ourselves? Under the title THE DONKEY THAT BECAME A ZEBRA: DARKROOM STORIES the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt presents different bodies of work by Michel Campeau that demonstrate his passion and his multi-faceted play with photography.

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Michel Campeau (*1948, Montreal) has been internationally active for more than 40 years. His documentary project “Disraeli: une expérience humaine en photographie” (1973) was the prelude to his unique practice of exploring the subjective, narrative and ontological aspects of the medium of photography. With the beginning of digital photography, he photographed the dwindling classical photo labs. At the same time, he began to collect amateur photography from Canada and elsewhere and to shape his own creative path with third party photography. His goal was to get closer to the motifs behind the photographic work of others - and thus to his own desire to tell the world in pictures.

Michel Campeau is regarded as one of the most important photographers of his generation because of his versatile work. His works have been exhibited many times, including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2014) and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015), and can be found in many collections, including the Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône and the Folkwang Museum, Essen.

The book “The Donkey that Became a Zebra: Darkroom Stories” will be published by MCE Verlag with texts by Joan Fontcuberta and Michel Campeau, among others.

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