The Fourth Wall
Since 2010, Frahm has been photographing classical theaters and opera houses across Europe for the series, The Fourth Wall. Photographing from the back of the stage facing the audience, the series is a commentary on the design and dramatic theory of the invisible wall between the audience and performers. The mechanical, electric complexity of show production, typically hidden behind the scenes, now prominently frames the opulent, velvet theater seating beyond the stage creating a multifaceted contrast between the two environments.
Germany , 1953
Klaus Frahm, born 1953 near Hamburg, Germany, studied social anthropology and journalism before beginning his career as a self-taught photographer in the late 1970s. The main focus of his work is in architecture, often with political, ethical or social subtexts. Since 1976 Frahm’s artwork has been exhibited and published internationally and is a part of prominent collections including the Stedelijk Museum , Amsterdam, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, the Museum of Modern Art, Yokohama, the Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris, the Polaroid International Collection, Cambridge, MA, and the collection of Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, among others. Frahm lives in Hamburg and Berlin.