The exhibition Anton Corbijn: The Living and the Dead at Bucerius Kunst Forum examines the seldom-posed question: When does photography become art? Corbijn first gained international acclaim for his iconic portraits of bands and musicians like Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Tom Waits, U2, and the Rolling Stones. Many of these well-known works originated during commercial shootings that pushed Corbijn to fight for his creative freedom.
At the heart of the exhibition Anton Corbijn: The Living and the Dead at Bucerius Kunst Forum are his autobiographical series. For a. somebody (2002) Corbijn posed in the guise of deceased rock stars like John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin or Kurt Cobain and photographed himself in the rural setting of his birthplace, Strijen. Furthermore the Bucerius Kunst Forum exhibits his early series Cemetery (1982-83) for which Anton Corbijn used his characteristic imagery to photograph burial monuments and life-sized sculptures instead of people. The series are placed alongside a comprehensive selection of 80 iconic portraits of bands and musicians.