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Köln: Ulrich Mack–J.F. Kennedy à Berlin


"I am a Berliner" - with these words, John F. Kennedy made history. No record of the young charismatic president is more celebrated, cheered harder, been cited more often than this. In June 1963, Kennedy came to the Federal Republic of Germany. Cologne, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt and Berlin were on the agenda of a journey that would be a triumphal trip. Since the Berlin Wall was built in 1961 the Berlin people had been waiting for a sign of solidarity. Well there it was: In the form of the most powerful man in the world, whose presence in the "front-line city," was cheered by not less than two million flag waving people . Kennedy's visit marked the high point of American enthusiasm in West Germany. This visit was a political, but also a media event and was accompanied by the 28-year-old Ulrich Mack for the German magazine Quick. Mack's black and white reportage are known for its artisanal excellence, a sense of decisive moments for grand gestures, but also a sensitive look at the goings-on at the edge, the more so on the well-staged performances of politicians - Kennedy, Adenauer, Brandt - the emotional side of the visit reflects. No photographer, that's for sure, documented the state visit as completely , sensitively, as Ulrich Mack. For the last five decades the images and negatives were ignored in the archives, but now, Burkhard Arnold, owner of the internationally reputated in focus gallery in Cologne,worked with Ulrich Mack selecting photographs from this series for an exhibition - an equally important time piece in photography and media history.

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