Klaus Laubmayer (born November 1951) is a German artist and photographer. His strong influences growing up in Germany post-WWII and the contradiction of the created silence and self-deception of society, embossed Klaus to trust peculiarly his eyes rather than the German-Trustees and their words.
He studied with Prof. Wolf Jürgen Seesselberg and Joseph Beuys early 1970s before he entered a photographer’s apprenticeship by Klaus P. Ohlenforst and Joop Grijpink.
Early 1980s he moved to New York where he lived and worked until 2004.
Klaus imagination is wide ranging, incorporating symbolic potency including earth, sand, ice, clay, lava, ashes, gold leaf, flour, and landscape elements to provoke an emotional and psychological effect on the subject and the viewer. His color sensitivity, forms, shapes, and scale are direct references to aspects such as the industrial surroundings of his childhood and the vast visual transformation of the industrial rebuilding in the Ruhrgebiet. Hence, Klaus engaged vehemently with the Nordic and Germanic Sagas, Grimm's Fairy Tales, and especially the Operas.
Klaus photographic works incorporate theatrical installation, conceptual art, portraiture, beauty, and fashion photography and includes the Guggenheim Museums, NY-Times, Time Magazine, Vogue, Interview, US Magazine, Allure, Details, Stern, Newsweek, Esquire, Elle, LA Style, Playboy, Amica, Abrams Books, Ullstein, Rizzolli, Simon & Schuster, NBC, MSNBC, ARD, RTL, among others.
In 2001, Klaus got intensely involved in filming the terror attack of the World Trade Center, just a few blocks away from his studio. In the aftermath, he was anxious to peel his onion as an artist outside the fashion world and subsequently lost he’s roots in New York.
Klaus focal point became using emotions generated by words to create photographic images. Taking photography off the representational plane by peeling away the surface layers of appearance to reveal an inner meaning. It is a multidimensional interpretation of an interior emotional landscape. Today, Klaus produces most works applying this philosophy.
From 2004 to 2016 Klaus has lived and worked in Berlin, Lanzarote, Paris, Los Angeles, and London. He currently lives and works between his birthplace Duesseldorf and London.
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