Roger Melis (1940–2009) In the 1960s he was known as a portrait photographer in East and West Germany and made a name for himself as fashion and reportage photographer. In 1969, together with Arno Fischer and Sibylle Bergemann he founded the photo group ‘Direkt’, which influenced many photographers of the following generations through their work and activities.
Roger Melis‘ photo book ‘In A Silent Country’, first released in 2006, became one of the most successful photographic portrayals of life in East Germany, between the rise and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The book will be presented by Mathias Bertram, who will give an introduction to life and work of Roger Melis.
Mathias Bertram (b.1960) studied literature and philosophy and works as freelance publicist, curator and book designer in Berlin. Among other publications he has edited more than 30 books on East German photographers such as Roger Melis, Gundula Schulze Eldowy, Harald Hauswald and Gerd Danigel. Bertram has also published two books with his own photos.
A book launch will take place in the gallery, after the opening exhibition talk on Saturday 22nd September, at 3.30pm
These high quality photo books (of the Lehmstedt Edition) normally are not available in England. At the time of the exhibition it will be possible to buy these books exclusively at SIDE Gallery. – Also available at the SIDE bookshop will be: Gundula Schulze Eldowy: The big and the little step and Gerd Danigel: “Schöner unsere Paläste”