An exhibit of Deutsches Haus in-house photographer's work over decades includes images of actors, filmmakers, public intellectuals, and translators, from Paul Auster and Jonathan Franzen, to Carol Brown Janeway and Ilija Trojanow, and many others.

Photo by John Harris.

Deutsches Haus at NYU will present an exhibition by the photographer John Harris entitled “Five of Forty: What John Harris Saw at Deutsches Haus.”  Founded in 1977 by Volkmar Sander, Deutsches Haus at NYU proudly celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. For five of these forty years, John Harris has been the in-house photographer of our cultural and academic program, capturing candid and insightful moments featuring many prominent guests.

This exhibition opening will be held on Monday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews (@ University Pl.), New York, N.Y. It is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, send an email to For information, call 212.988.8660.

Sparking a transatlantic dialogue between our panelists, but also among the diverse New York public, which attend the Deutsches Haus events, lies at the heart of the center’s cultural and academic programming; as does an artistic and intellectual exchange between Austria, Germany, the German-speaking part of Switzerland and the United States. Harris’s images depict writers, actors, filmmakers, public intellectuals, and translators including luminaries such as Paul Auster, Teju Cole, Jonathan Franzen, Siri Hustvedt, Carol Brown Janeway, Daniel Kehlmann, Christian Kracht, Yoko Tawada, Ilija Trojanow, Margarete von Trotta, Slavoj Zizek, and many others.

The exhibition will feature photographic prints of some of the highlights of the past cultural and academic events held at Deutsches Haus at NYU between 2013 and 2017, and will also feature an online archive of the individual events at a later point.

John R. Harris is a photographer, a writer, and the Senior Producer of the B&H Photography Podcast. His photography has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. A book of his documentary photographs, Garzon, was published in 2011, and his work has appeared in numerous and varied publications. As an on-set still photographer, he has worked on such films as The Motorcycle Diaries, Everybody Has a Plan, and Sunlight, Jr. He has been photographing events at Deutsches Haus since 2013. Find him on Instagram @jrockfoto.

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