Rolf Koppel: Willing exhibits photography richly charged with fantasy, bearing witness to the interaction of the photographer, Rolf Koppel, with his muse and partner William Light Johnson.
Will is no simple Narcissus figure in his ever-changing guises, no more than Koppel is merely the photographer, condemned to the role of voyeur.
Koppel and his muse exchange roles again and again, reminding us that in addition to representing objects, photographers themselves are objects that their pictures represent.
Born in Hamburg in 1937, Rolf Koppel left Germany with his Jewish parents at the age of two, traveling to Sweden and later emigrating to the U.S. He graduated in the 1950s from Hunter College in New York, where he was mentored by Robert Motherwell.
Curated by Austrian art historian Peter Weiermair, Rolf Koppel: Willing includes over 60 images, representing 30 years of Koppel’s career. During the exhibition, Rolf Koppel, Photographs 1976-2003, and Will (both by All Saints Press), and Basement Arcade Fotohof edition 2012), will be available for purchase.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 15; 6-8pm
Curator & Artist Discussion: Tuesday, February 21, 6-8pm