"The Meisterstuck at the Focus of Professional Photography - a Touring Exhibition of the Montblanc Museum.
To be allowed for once to photograph a subject, without the constraints of a practical aim or the visual concept of a layout, is the wish of many professional photographers. It is also a great challenge, however, to one’s own ambition and imagination.
Twenty-one internationally renowned photo designers have taken part in a conceptual competition announced by Montblanc in 1990. they were asked to take the Meisterstuck 149 as their theme and to translate it quite freely into their own individual photographic language. No further conditions were imposed.
Even Montblanc was astonished by the enthusiasm of these professional photographers, obvious at once from the exhibits shown here, and the amazingly diverse creative possibilities of expressing the theme “the art of writing”, the synonym for the Meisterstuck
All the photographers were paid only for their cost of materials. Their motif, the Meisterstuck, was sufficient compensation for them. What they have brought to this exhibition are often singularities, never repeatable in this form. They show not only masterful perfection in photographic technique, but also unmistakable “brush strokes” of their own like those developed by many of the great painters.
Just as the pictures stimulate our imagination, cause us to look for the “picture behind the picture”, so the exhibits here stimulate us to further thought. For, photography has long since freed itself from pure description, from realistic reproduction. It creates completely new pictures of its own, which change our way of seeing things, of thinking. It has therefore long since found entry to what we today recognize as great art …"