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Includes: Gabriele Nothhelfer 
Includes: Helmut Nothhelfer 
Active:  Germany
Husband and wife team of German documentary photographers - Gabriele and Helmut Nothhelfer. 
Artist statement: 
For the first exhibition of our photographs 1974 in West-Berlin we wrote:
"We show festive events, moments where a person rises above his everyday life, such as to elevate himself by joining a well-meaning circle in the certainty about the indivisibility of the nation, or to bask in the radiance from a trophy for his dog; or even to make sure to be among the redeemed by taking part in the procession on Corpus Christi Day. Should anybody nevertheless feel signs of sadness in our pictures, the blame should not be laid on us. Perhaps it is the paltriness of our everyday life, the insufficient conditions of production and working, which even in these festive moments show discernibly through."
Today, rereading these lines, we are astonished at our self-assuredness then: The precisely formulated concept of “alienated leisure time” had been our guideline in finding and selecting motifs; however, dragged along by the passage of history we now find that our pictures may not be locked up within such boundaries.
Since then our endeavour has developed further, unpredictable and difficult to explain. Nevertheless, we believe strongly that we are still in pursuit of the same task. Now we are especially led by the magical space provided by the glance and posture of the photographed, by their aura: the tension between being repelled and attracted, which includes us as well as the viewer and which at the same time expels us and shows us our place.
Inevitably, political and social climate shows up in these pictures. We as anyone have our opinion about that. But we trust it’s better to leave the viewer on his own and let him enter unguided so that he may find his own self.
(December 2006)

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Theme: Documentary
ThumbnailGabriele and Helmut Nothhelfer: The first exhibition "Bali-Kino" Berlin (October 1974) 
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Gabriele and Helmut Nothhelfer

1945 Gabriele: Born in Berlin, Helmut: Born in Bonn.
1967-1969 Both studied photography at the Lette - Schule, Berlin and 1969-1970 at the Folkwangschule für Gestaltung, Essen.
Married in 1973.
Live and work in Bonn.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013 Gabriele and Helmut Nothhelfer - Unter Menschen Gehen,Kunstverein Bremerhaven
2012 Menschen-Atlas – Exponate aus 40 Jahren Fotografie, Galerie Altes Rathaus Musberg, Leinfelden-Echterdingen
2009 Momente und Jahre - Moments and Years. Gabriele and Helmut Nothhelfer. Die Photographische Sammlung, SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne
2006 Galerie Berinson, Berlin
2005 Centre de la Photographie, Genève
2003 Sprengel Museum, Hannover
2002 Galerie de France, Paris
2001 Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
2001 Galerie Berinson, Berlin
1999 Kunststiftung Poll, Berlin
1993 Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris
1993 Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn
1992 Galerie Bodo Niemann, Berlin
1985 Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris
1983 Galerie 2000, Berlin
1983 Galerie Wilde, Cologne
1980 Museum Folkwang, Essen
1979 Galerie Wilde, Cologne
1979 Galerie Breiting, Berlin
1978 Sander Gallery, Washington D.C.
1977 Galerie Nagel, Berlin
1977 Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris
1976 Galerie Wilde, Cologne
1974 At Bali Kino of Manfred Salzgeber, Berlin
Selected Group Exhibitions
2010 "Los Años 70. Fotografia y vida cotidiana, 70s. Photography and everyday life." (Touring to: Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Sevilla, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam)
2010 "Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography”, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2010 "La Revanche de l’Archive Photographique", Centre de la Photographie, Genève. (With catalogue)
2009 "Los Años 70. Fotografia y vida cotidiana, 70s. Photography and everyday life", Teatro Fernán Goméz, Centro de Arte, Photoespaña, Madrid. (With catalogue)
2007 "Die zweite Avantgarde, Das Fotoforum Kassel 1972–1982" Stiftung Moritzburg, Halle (Saale)
2007 “What does the jellyfish want?” Fotografien von Man Ray bis James Coleman, Museum Ludwig, Köln
2006 Portrait und Menschenbild - Sonderschau der Photographischen Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln, Art Cologne, Köln
2005 30ème anniversaire de la Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris
2004 "Diane Arbus, Gabriele & Helmut Nothhelfer, August Sander", Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
2004 Sonderausstellung der Photographischen Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Art Cologne, Cologne
2004 Moskauer Haus der Photographie, Moskau and Museum Bochum
2003 "A Clear Vision – Photographische Werke aus der Sammlung F.C. Gundlach", Internationales Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
2003 "Von Körpern und anderen Dingen – Deutsche Fotografie von der Weimarer bis zur Berliner Republik", Galerie der Hauptstadt Prag, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
2000 "Walker Evans &Company", The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1999 "Mechanismus und Ausdruck" Die Sammlung Ann und Jürgen Wilde, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
1997 "Deutsche Fotografie, Macht eines Mediums 1870-1970", Kunst - und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
1996 "100 Foto`s uit de collectie", Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1994 "Gesture and Pose": Twentieth-Century Photographs from the Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1989 "Kunst des 20.Jahrhunderts", Sammlung Museum Ludwig in der Hochschule für Grafik u. Buchkunst, Leipzig
1983 "Die Fotografische Sammlung", Museum Folkwang, Essen
1982 "Lichtbildnisse", Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn
1977 "documenta 6" Abteilung: Fotografie, Video. Kassel
1976 "Porträts und Situationen", Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Städtisches Museum Leverkusen, Schloss Morsbroich and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

2009 Gabriele und Helmut Nothhelfer. Momente und Jahre, Hrsg. Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Texte Gabriele Conrath-Scholl/Claudia Schubert, Gabriele und Helmut Nothhelfer, Volker Scherliess, München: Schirmer/Mosel.
1993 Lange Augenblicke, Gabriele und Helmut Nothhelfer. Edited by Prof. Klaus Honnef, Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn. Edition Braus, Heidelberg.
1983 Zwischenräume, Gabriele und Helmut Nothhelfer. Essay by Michael Zimmermann. Edited by Ann and Jürgen Wilde. DuMont Buchverlag, Köln.
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
Centre national de l'audiovisuel, Dudelange, Luxemburg
Collection du Groupe Lhoist, Limelette
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne
Fonds national d'art contemporain, Paris
Fondation BAT Switzerland pour les Arts (formerly Fondation Select), Lausanne
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Münchner Stadtmuseum – Fotomuseum
Museum Folkwang, Essen
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Sammlung Ann und Jürgen Wilde im Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Sammlung F.C. Gundlach im Internationalen Haus der Photographie, Hamburg
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 

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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Gabriele & Helmut Nothhelfer.] 
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