Robert Klebonow makes Army headshots
Robert Klebenow is a 24 year old photographer, living in Berlin. He does autonomous art work as well as commercial assignments. His commercial work has appeared in various publications. Right now he is in the middle of a project that examines the German army: the Bundeswehr and its members.
He takes head-on portraits of soldiers and tries to understand why they’re doing what they’re doing. He wants to look at the army as an institution and to give this anonymous and slightly scary mass of faceless machines exactly that: faces.
He seems to deconstruct the soldier-ness of his subjects and shows them as humans. He wants to convey a face-to-face experience to the viewer by using lights that emphasize the skin and show a real picture of the soldiers. This whole project will culminate in an exhibition of 500 portraits that will be shown in Berlin and throughout Germany, later on this year.
His other work, that is an awesome mixture of art and commerce, is on display on his personal website and on MySpace. We will meet him and talk to him about his work later, but this is what he’s doing right now.