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THE HILTON BROTHERS: Tyrants + Lederhosen

Christopher Henry Gallery
127 Elizabeth Street, at Broome, 212-244-6004
East Village / Lower East Side
February 9 - March 4, 2012
Reception: Thursday, February 9, 6 - 9 PM
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Christopher Henry Gallery proudly presents THE HILTON BROTHERS: Tyrants + Lederhosen. Photographers Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg (a.k.a. the Hilton Brothers) break new ground with an exhibition mounted concurrent with the book publication Tyrants + Lederhosen. The duo have authored a modern take on the photo travelogue, compiled in the first ever published Hilton Brothers anthology from 2004 to 2011. After 8 years traveling the globe as non-traditional ‘photo-anthropologists’, the duo captures a raw candor with their pictures, void of restraint and self-consciousness. The duo are storytellers through their photographs, seeming to unconsciously explore the contradictions and obsessions of Myth.

It is an artistic collaboration like no other. Two photographers in an intense collaboration over several years; one with a legendary resume photographing many of the 20th Centuries biggest pop icons and the other a rising creative talent; fearless, borderless, with fresh eyes, known firstly for his seductive flower portraits. The Hilton Brothers are an experiment of collaboration, as well as making art.

The Brothers use their cameras as their paintbrush as much as to document; details of shadows and light, suggesting the ordinary as extraordinary. They open a new window on both familiar and unfamiliar worlds. From the Far East to the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, all worlds collide into dramatic dissonance in this seminal photographic document of our time. The Hilton Brothers have been exhibited throughout the world, including Galerie Catherine Houard, Paris and a “one man” show at la Casa Encendida Museum, Madrid.

Christopher Makos is a legendary photographer who started off his career as an apprentice to Man Ray. He then became Andy Warhol’s confident to whom he offered his first camera. Warhol famously declared Makos “the most modern photographer in America.”

Paul Solberg is a rising talent who made his name with the book “Bloom” (pub. Glitterati, 2005). A book of flower portraits, sublimated through his camera.
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