Klaus Kammerichs

 


 
 

Life


1933
Born in Iserlohn. Son of a type-setter and passionate amateur-photographer.

1947ff.
after having studied photography work as a professional photographer (journalistic, industrial, advertising)

1950
a first desire for first hand knowledge of modern art prompts him to cycle to Paris

1953
workshop about "Subjective Photography" with Otto Steinert in Saarbrücken

early successes with his own creative works, especially portraits taken during his journeys to France and Spain

1954 first participation on famous Cologne "photokina"-exhibitions, founded by L. Fritz Gruber

1956 - 1960 studies of fine art with Otto Coester and Otto Pankok at Academy of Arts, Düsseldorf

1959 "Discovery of the Month" in the New York magazine "Modern Photography""

1968 first "photo sculpture" made of polystyrol blocks

1971 first individual exhibition in Gallery Niepel, Düsseldorf

1974 first four-dimensional sculpture, a symbolically kinetic interpretation of space, time and movement

since 1975 public commissions

since 1973 professor at the "Fachhochschule Düsseldorf"

since 1985 individual exhibitions in Poland, Japan and USA
monumental outdoor-sculptures in Gifu (Japan), Düsseldorf, Munic, Bad Segeberg, Leinfelden and Bonn

1986 creator of the famous Beethoven-sculpture "Beethon" in Bonn, which has become a frequently visited landmark of Germany’s former capital

1994 David-Octavius-Hill-Prize of the "Deutsche Fotografische Akademie"

2003 married to the writer Eva Weissweiler

together with her experimental videos and documentary-films for German TV

Klaus Kammerichs is father of three children and grandfather of five grandchildren. He lives in Cologne and Demerath, a small village in the german "Eifel".