Helmar Lerski: Transformations Through Light

March 18 — July 31, 2010

Ubu Gallery presented Transformations Through Light, an exhibition of eighty eight photographs by Helmar Lerski (1871-1956).

Spanning more than thirty years of his photographic career, the exhibition presented the controlled luminosity for which the artist is renowned. Portraits from five different series, most notably Verwandlungen des Lichts [“Transformations Through Light”], demonstrate the way in which Lerski constructively manipulated both natural and artificial light, effectively representing the common as dignified. This body of work upholds the artist’s declaration that “in every human being there is everything; the question is only what the light falls on.”

This exhibition was selected as one of the top ten photography exhibitions of 2010 by Vince Aletti in The New Yorker.

Helmar Lerski

Exhibition checklist
Press release

The New Yorker / Critic’s Notebook / May 17, 2010 / Vince Aletti / 1 reproduction
The New Yorker / Photo Booth: Top Ten New York Photography Shows in 2010 / December 23, 2010 (online only) / Vince Aletti / 1 reproduction
New York Photo Review / Volume 1, Number 18 / May 26 – June 1, 2010 / R. Wayne Parsons / 1 reproduction
Collector Daily / June 2, 2010 / Loring Knoblauch / 2 reproductions