09.10.2016 – 29.01.2017
ZEPHYR – Raum für Fotografie will be marking Peter Gowland’s 100th birthday by presenting the first ever comprehensive exhibition of the photographer’s life’s work in the world at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim from October 9, 2016 to January 29, 2017.
Peter Gowland’s Girls* will present some 200 works selected from Peter Gowland’s estate, which comprises tens of thousands of superb prints and slides, including the most sensational, most elegant and most daring pictures from his unparalleled career as a pin-up photographer. The exhibition will be displaying his portraits of stars like Joan Collins and Jayne Mansfield, his work for “Playboy” and “Rolling Stone”, and his pictures for innumerable calendars and magazines from the 1940s to the 1970s.
The pictures you’ll discover in Peter Gowland’s Girls* are a snapshot of days past but have remained stunningly ageless all the same. Peter Gowland’s Girls* are at the beach and at the pool, veiled by lace and draperies or outdoors in nature. They are stylishly elegant or athletically wholesome. Whether they appear to be ladies or “girls next door”, they always remain wonderfully animated targets of fantasies.
Peter Gowland (1916 – 2010) started taking glamor and pin-up photographs of young woman in and around Los Angeles in 1946. In 1954, The New York Times called him “America’s No. 1 Pin-up Photographer” early into his career and later situated his pictures “someplace between titillation and art”.
Peter Gowland found his models on Hollywood film sets and at agencies or beauty contests. He posed and photographed them in his studio or on the beaches from Los Angeles to Malibu, thus contributing significantly to the myth of California as a perpetually sunny postwar paradise. His style combines feminine beauty with natural wholesomeness, alluring poses and elegant composition.
TALK: Ann Macmillan and Lauren Kahler, daughter and granddaughter of Alice and Peter Gowland
Sunday, October 09, 2016 / 4 p.m.