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In Memoriam : Hans Feurer (1939-2024) : Supermodels


Hans Feurer is dead. The man who loved women and made them so sensual. Hans was a friend! There are no phantasms in his images. Only the explosion of his passion for women, for their beauty and their forms.
Back in 2021 the CAMERA WORK gallery in Berlin was presenting his first major retrospective from the roaring Sixties to today, it was a perfect occasion for us to dedicate, with the collaboration of Alina Heinze of the gallery, a special edition to Feurer. Here it is again today.

Jean-Jacques Naudet


CAMERA WORK opened yesterday a new exhibition of Feurer’s work in their Virtual Gallery, featuring a  total of 25 photographic works from three series by the Swiss artist. The works combine an intense, complex color design for which Hans Feurer is and will remain internationally known in the field of fashion photography.

Hans Feurer : CAMERA WORK Virtual Gallery
Online: January 18 to February 22, 2024


Hans Feurer (1939-2024) was born in Switzerland, he is one of the most renowned of his profession. He was able to capture the zeitgeist of each decade without losing his personal note. He skillfully put his models on the scene while using only natural light. He presented women as fighters who are much stronger than men.



Hans Feurer has worked with virtually every famous supermodel, starting with British model Jean Shrimpton, who Feurer once portrayed dressed in an all-buttoned-up trench coat and fedora hat followed by three Playboy Bunnies, waitresses at the Playboy Clubs in 1970. Jean Shrimpton is considered to be one of the first ever supermodels.

From early on, it became clear that Feurer focused on showing the strength of women. In 1983, he worked with Iman for an iconic photoshoot for Kenzo on Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, helping to make the Somalian model even more famous than she already had been. But the unpretentious Feurer would never claim the fame just for himself—he always stresses how much impact teamwork has on a set. For example, the renowned stylist Françoise Havan, who worked with him on the Kenzo campaign, greatly influenced the results of several of his photo shoots, as he mentioned many times.

In September 2021, the exhibition »Captivate: Fashion Photography of the 90s« curated by Claudia Schiffer opened at the Kunstpalast Düsseldorf. Schiffer selected several photos of her own work with Hans Feurer for this exhibition. One photograph showing Schiffer checking herself in the mirror is part of the exhibition and is actually the supermodel’s favorite portrait of herself. Hans Feurer’s current exhibition at CAMERA WORK Gallery also includes portraits of fashion icons such as Grace Jones, Linda Evangelista, Liu Wen, Christy Turlington, and Monica Bellucci.


Kantstrasse 149
10623 Berlin, Germany

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