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Klaus Frahm // The Fourth Wall

Theater Gütersloh, 2010. © Klaus Frahm. This image gave the idea to start this series.

Theater Gütersloh, 2010. © Klaus Frahm. This image gave the idea to start this series.

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the dark red curtain in a theatre?Klaus Frahm surely did, since in 2010 he began shooting pictures of The fourth wall, the imaginary wall between the stage and the audience. This ongoing photo-project takes us behind the scenes of some of the most famous theaters in Europe giving us an original point of view on the empty parterres framed by the structure that house all the technical equipment essential for the shows.

Everything started when he was photographing a new theater for an architect:

“At the second turn, the stage was completely empty, so I photographed the audience framed by lamps and technique. It was later on my way home when I looked at the polaroid of that scene: the red seats were like an image within an image and more important – it seemed to me it was worth to start a series with that concept” Klaus has explained.

“A good reason to photograph, is to give way for a new perspective, to entertain, to offer a fresh sight on familiar things”.

In the end the viewer is tricked to look at the audience like it was a flat postcard, as if it was the scene put on stage.


Vi siete mai chiesti cosa succede dietro il sipario rosso di un teatro?Evidentemente Klaus Frahm si, visto che dal 2010 ha iniziato a fotografare il Fourth Wall (Quarto Muro), l’immaginario muro che esiste tra gli attori sul palco e la platea. Questo progetto fotografico tutt’ora in corso ci porta dietro le quinte di alcuni dei più famosi teatri d’Europa regalandoci inediti punti di vista sulle platee vuote incorniciate soltanto dalle strutture che ospitano tutta l’attrezzatura tecnica essenziale per gli spettacoli.

Tutto ha avuto inizio quando Klaus stava fotografando un nuovo teatro per un architetto.

“Al secondo turno, il palco era completamente libero, così ho fotografato la platea incorniciata da luci e cavi. Poco dopo, mentre ero di ritorno a casa, ho guardato la polaroid di quello scatto: le poltrone rosse erano quasi un’immagine dentro un’immagine e molto più importante, mi sembrava valesse la pena iniziare una serie di foto con quell’idea” ha spiegato Klaus.

“Una buona ragione per fotografare è trovare la strada per una nuova prospettiva, per divertire, per offrire un nuovo punto di vista sulle cose di tutti i giorni.”

Alla fine l’osservatore è spinto a guardare alla platea come fosse una cartolina piatta, come se la platea stessa fosse la scena mostrata sul palco.

Kammerspiele, Berlin, 2011 © Klaus Frahm.

Kammerspiele, Berlin, 2011 © Klaus Frahm.

Residenz-Theater, München, 2013 © Klaus Frahm.

Residenz-Theater, München, 2013 © Klaus Frahm.

Markgräfliches Opernhaus, Bayreuth, 1997 © Klaus Frahm.

Markgräfliches Opernhaus, Bayreuth, 1997 © Klaus Frahm.

BE, Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, 2011 © Klaus Frahm.

BE, Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, 2011 © Klaus Frahm.

Semperoper, Dresden, 2011 © Klaus Frahm.

Semperoper, Dresden, 2011 © Klaus Frahm.

Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, 2012,  Bühnenturm © Klaus Frahm.

Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf (Stage tower), 2012 © Klaus Frahm.

Theater Lübeck, 2011 © Klaus Frahm.

Theater Lübeck, 2011 © Klaus Frahm.

Neue Flora, Hamburg, 2015 Musical-stage, Phantom of the Opera. © Klaus Frahm.

Neue Flora, Hamburg, 2015
Musical-stage, Phantom of the Opera. © Klaus Frahm.


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1 Comment

  1. Wayne Ferrell says

    Klaus these are cool photographs inspired by a cool idea, the theatre from a perspective no one before has shown us.

    Like

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