Heinz Köster’s celebrity photography brought much-needed hope and distraction to the austerity of post-war Germany. His skillful lighting and inventive camera angles are striking to the modern eye. Although very advanced in photographic techniques, Köster treated his subjects with old-world courtesy. “Warts and all” documentary style was not for him. A master of the careful touch-up and flattering composition, these works showcase public figures in a way that’s both intimate and inspiring.
Stern FOTOGRAFIE Portfolio No. 59: Berlinale 1954-1967. Hardcover. 96 pages.