Published by Steidl. Edited by Cordula Lebeck. Text by Kerstin Stremmel.
Among the most esteemed German photojournalists of the postwar period, Robert Lebeck (1929–2014) used his charisma and mischievous nature to instantly and naturally connect with his subjects. He made no distinction between rich or poor; in front of his camera, all were equal. His photographs of celebrities and world leaders such as Elvis Presley, Woody Allen, Romy Schneider and Willy Brandt have long been lodged in Germany’s collective visual memory. In this book, Lebeck’s wife, archivist and closest creative companion, Cordula Lebeck, has collected a stunning array of mostly unpublished photographs from the late 1950s to the ’70s. Face the Camera allows us to discover Lebeck’s endless sense of wonder and ferocious curiosity about everyday life in times of great change.