Ivo Pogorelich in the lens of great photographers
Ever since his dramatic rise on the international music stage at the beginning of the eighties, Ivo Pogorelich has found himself the focus of numerous photographers who quickly made his face globally recognisable, even far outside the boundaries of classical music. The face of the charismatic pianist with a rebellious spirit thus became one of the symbols of an entire generation coming of age in a period marked by art, but also fashion magazine covers, often baring the face of Ivo Pogorelich himself.
The front pages of Vogue’s journal L’uomo or the photos in the extravagant Paris magazine Egoïste, are just some of the examples of the confirmation of the iconicity of the artist’s face at the time of his spectacular international affirmation, representing to this very day a unique case of the global popularity of a classical musician.
Ivo Pogorelich on the cover page of February issue of Vogue’s magazine L’uomo in 1984 (left), and inside of Franch art-journal Egoïste No. 10 from 1987 (above).
Ivo Pogorelich, portrait by Marija Braut, 1984.
The unique chronological culmination of this retrospective was achieved through a discreet dialogue between the old and new works of Malcolm Crowthers. Through a deliberate, yet charming game played with Pogorelich’s repetitious poses and gestures, identical to those from his anthological portraits made almost forty years ago, Crowthers’ new works achieve a palpable and convincing impression of continuity. This continuity, achieved in the media of photography, discretely and symbolically also denote the character of Ivo Pogorelich’s artistic endeavours over the last forty years.