Keld Helmer-Petersen, Photography and the Photobook

Exhibition at the library

We are very proud to host the exhibition Keld Helmer-Petersen, Photography and the Photobook at the library. The exhibition presents the ground-breaking work of late Danish photographer Keld Helmer-Petersen (1920-2013).

Devoted to his last work – the photobook Black Light from 2014 – the exhibition offers an exclusive insight into his artistic experiments with the media of photography and photobooks.

When: 8 October – 8 November 2015. Monday – Thursday 10.00 – 16.00, Friday 10.00 – 15.00
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, The Library, Nørreport 20, 8000 Aarhus C

Entrance is free.

The exhibition was part of the Photobook Week Aarhus 2015 which took place at Aarhus School of Architecture on 8 – 10 October 2015.




Black Light

Black Light is abstract black and white photography, but using modern, digital technology. The exhibition offers a look behind the images in the book: it consists of archival materials – object trouvés, sketches and drafts, et cetera – that document the process of making the book, and also shed light on Helmer-Petersen’s visual universe, his influences, working methods and techniques.

The archival materials have not previously been assembled and showcased. The exhibition is curated by associate professor Anne Elisabeth Toft, in collaboration with Jens Frederiksen, Architect and Photographer, Associate Professor, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture.

Keld Helmer-Petersens unique work

Helmer-Petersen is world famous for his early colour photography from the 1940s, his strict modernist image compositions and his unique use of the book as a privileged format for the presentation of photography.

His first work from 1948, 122 Farvefotografier (122 Colour Photographs), is today widely considered a masterpiece. This book contributed to making the photography of Helmer-Petersen internationally acclaimed and led to eight images from the book being shown as a seven-page entry in the famous American magazine Life in 1949.