Looking From Behind: The Fourth Wall
Photo project by Klaus Frahm explores theatres from a different point of view
Artists and photographers have been documenting modern theatre since the opening of Andrea Palladio’s Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza in 1585. Some focus on the architectural perspective of the buildings, from the outside grandeur to the more delicate decor inside.
When painting or photographing the interior, the tendency has been to capture the action onstage, from the perspective of the audience. Rarely do we see the view afforded to the actors, as they look out into the sea of faces, or an empty auditorium, the ‘fourth wall’. German photographer Klaus Frahm has done just that, turning his camera out to auditoria, from the back of the stage.
The result is an examination of the skeleton of the space, detailing the inner workings of classical and modern theatres, breaking down the ‘fourth wall’ and making the audience the play.
FRANKFURTER OPER, FRANKFURT
MARKGRÄFLICHES OPERNHAUS, BAYREUTH
BE – BERLINER ENSEMBLE, BERLIN
HAMBURGISCHE STAATSOPER, HAMBURG
NEUE FLORA, HAMBURG / PHANTOM DER OPER
RICHARD WAGNER FESTSPIELHAUS, BAYREUTH
Rights to photos belong to “Klaus Frahm”