Elegance of the View.
The Photographer Willy Maywald
45 min.

3sat 2007
Digibeta, 4:3 , Stereo, 2-channel: German & French
Monika Eise
Gisela Koschytorz
Reinhard Wulf

Willy Maywald is one of the best photographers of the 20th century. French fashion friends cherish his work as Christian Dior's photographer, while in Germany it is more the art-world enthusiasts who remember and love him. He created masterpieces of fashion photography and superb portraits of artists such as Picasso, Yves Klein, Valesca Gert and Nico.

Maywald always focused on the person he portrayed; he shrouded his object in mysterious light and created a state of uncertainty fluctuating between dream and reality. The gentleman of fashion photography bestowed a magical aura on mannequins of Dior, Fath and Balmain. On an equal footing with the great artists of the 20th century, he created iconic snapshots as well as unforgettable character studies.

> Museum Kurhaus Kleve,Sammlung Willy Maywald
Maywald-Ausstellung im B.C.Koekkoek-Haus Kleve, 2007
Begleitprogramm zur NICO Ausstellung
des Museums für Angewandte Kunst Köln, 2008

Further reading
Willy Maywald:
Die Splitter des Spiegels
Schirmer/Mosel 1985
ISBN 3-88814-165-6