Joerg LEHMANN is a photographer who has his base in Paris.

In his photos, the photographed, man-made pieces such as dolls and sculptures, speak their own charms by themselves.
LEHMANN’s view is unique, but convincing, for it has been cultivated through his wide experiences as a commercial photographer for magazines and catalogues of fashion, travel, and others.

The show will introduce the photos of Kasperpuppen and marionettes. Kasperpuppen has its origin in 18th century Germany and Austria, and marionettes in ancient Egypt. They had been used in the puppet theaters usually appeared in markets. Often their theaters were satirical, and those puppets were the voices for the ordinary people to speak out ironical opinions about societies and upper classes.

Today, its nature has been changed to more educational ones that the familiar characters teach children how to behave. Puppets in the photos are all antique that the artist collected from all over Europe, many of them valuable. In the process of photographing them, LEHMANN once again carefully studies from spotted faces to worn-out clothes and tries to express the souls dwelling within these puppets. The puppets have been speaking people’s feelings good and bad, happy and sad, lives and deaths through the stories romantic, or full of humour. Their history had not always been easy, there had been a lot of times of oppression by the rulers, but they survive. Here those heads are again breathed by the photographer and start talking as the portraits of “someone”.

【Artist Information】

SessionThu. Oct 6, 2011 - Sat. Oct 29, 2011 Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Hours11:00-13:00 / 14:00-19:00 [-17:00 on the last day]
PlaceGallery Yamaki Fine Art
Venue3-9-5-2F Motomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0022
ContactTEL: 078-391-1666  FAX : 078-391-1667  MAIL:
AccessOne minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)