He is as well known as a successful jazz trumpeter. However, very few people know that Till Brönner also knows how to use the camera.
Till Brönner, Germany’s best-known jazz musician and photographer in his second job, shows Armin Laschet, CDU candidate for chancellor, at 1.80 by 1.20 meters in a black and white large photo format.
«Mr Laschet seems more serious and thoughtful than the press often portrays him. And that’s exactly what I think is good, ”says Brönner (50) with a view to his photo exhibition“ Melting Pott Europe ”, which is to be seen in Koblenz for the first time since this Friday.
The portrait of Laschet (60) «is brand new and was only taken a good two weeks ago in Berlin. I limit my time for portraits to five minutes. During this time, what is created, ”explains Brönner, who comes from North Rhine-Westphalia by choice. In the show planned for August 22nd at the Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, more than 35 color and black and white photos will be on view – up to 1.60 by 2.40 meters in size. According to the musician, the works show “defining characters of European society, architecture and landscapes”.
It’s always about dealing with Europe. According to Brönner, this intensive occupation also connects with the CDU politician Laschet and Christian Wulff. Brönner was expecting the former Federal President and his wife Bettina at the exhibition opening on Friday. “But Europe is a cross-party subject,” he adds. ‘As an artist, I don’t belong to any party and I think that’s the right thing to do.’
The trumpeter and composer started his photography career in 2010. He is passionate about a Leica M camera: ‘It goes back to the origins of 35mm cameras,’ says Brönner. He also likes to take photos with a medium format Leica. At first he mainly photographed the Ruhr area and shown it in exhibitions. His new show at the Deutsches Eck in Koblenz should be the starting shot for future photo exhibitions on the subject of Europe, including in other EU countries.