Volker Hinz | Backstage with Yves and Karl

April 25 till May 23, 2024

Finissage: Thursday April 23, 7 pm

On view: April 25 till May 23 2024

Opening hours: Monday till Friday 3-6 pm, Saturday 1-6 pm


The exhibition “Backstage with Yves and Karl” presents a fascinating selection of photographs from the extensive archive of renowned Hamburg stern photographer Volker Hinz (1947–2019), taken between the 1970s and 1990s. Immerse yourself in the glamorous world of fashion, couturiers, and supermodels, and take a look behind the scenes of fashion shows as well as into the ateliers of the most important designers of their era—particularly in Paris.

Thanks to his credentials as a stern photographer, Volker Hinz had access to areas that were off-limits to regular photojournalists. The focus of the exhibition is on the backstage shots with Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, but it also includes scenes from the designers’ private lives. These images offer us a glimpse behind the scenes of the haute couture scene and show the fashion creators both privately, completely “unvarnished,” as well as in their roles as artistic figures. Volker Hinz observed many of the legendary designers of his time. Staying true to his style, he was unimpressed by the glittering world of models and fashion and managed to capture very personal, unfiltered moments. Of particular value are these last monochrome vintage prints, signed by Volker Hinz himself, which capture the cultural zeitgeist of a formative era in the fashion world.

Image on the right: Karl Lagerfeld posing in a bathtub with a shower dress from his Chloé collection, Paris 1983

© all images BSB/Bildarchiv Volker Hinz

About Volker HinzThe photographer Volker Hinz, who passed away in Hamburg in 2019, began his career as a photographer at a young age and became particularly well-known for his reports for stern. His reports from New York in the 80s, including the nightlife scene, Hollywood, and Washington, shaped his career at stern. His works were published worldwide in renowned magazines such as GEO, Life, Vanity Fair, and many others, and received numerous awards. Many of his photographs are part of significant museum and private collections.