Max Scheler : Germany, China, USA. Photography 1950 – 1974 / Deichtorhallen Hamburg





Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Haus der Photographie



Max Scheler
Germany, China, USA. Photography 1950 – 1974
11.09.09 > 15.11.09



The exhibition at Deichtorhallen Hamburg shows a cross-section of Max Scheler’s works, multi-faceted images reporting on everyday and political life – both documentary and commentarial.





Max Scheler


Max Scheler
Jackie und John F Kennedy empfangen den marokkanischen König Hassen II, Washington 1963.
USA, 1963, Washington, John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
© Max Scheler Estate, Hamburg, Germany





A pupil of Herbert List, Max Scheler begins his artistic production during the 1950s economic boom in Germany.

Political reportage takes him to China and Taiwan during the Quemoy crisis and, in the 1960s, to the cultural revolution of Mao Zedong. In the 1950s and 1960s, Scheler visits the USA several times and reports for the magazines “Münchner Illustrierte” und “stern” on land and people as well as the political life.


Max Scheler


Max Scheler
Deutsch Amerikanischer Abschied, Norfolk Virginia, 1958.
USA, 1958, Norfolk, Virginia, German Navy with the first foreign training in the USA after WW2 with Ship Zerstörer.
© Max Scheler Estate, Hamburg, Germany

Max Scheler


Max Scheler
Die Familie King beim sonntäglichen Spaziergang, Atlanta, 1964.
USA, 1964, Atlanta, Martin Luther KING and his family on a sunday afternoon walk
© Max Scheler Estate, Hamburg, Germany

Max Scheler


Max Scheler
Der Parteivorsitzende Mao Zedong wird retuschiert, Bejing 1967.
China (People Republic of), Bejing 1967, Touching-up Mao.
© Max Scheler Estate, Hamburg Germany





Humorous and bizarre, then again serious and dramatic, Scheler’s photography depicts historical events and personalities, but also everyday situations of the world we live in. From 1959, Max Scheler was one of the great photographers of “stern”. In 1975, he founded the magazine “Geo” conjointly with Rolf Gillhausen. Later on, he became the photographic director of “Merian”.




Courtesy Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Images © Max Scheler Estate, Hamburg, Germany





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