Born 01.01.1951 in Berlin

The pictures of Jim Rakete produce an effect similar to that of slow-motion in film: the instant held in suspension allows the viewer to look more closely, to recognize more. Sometimes he thinks Rakete’s portraits are even breathing or moving. They are like compressed films – they never stay two-dimensional, they invariably possess depth and duration.
At the age of four Rakete was given his first camera, and had not the erotic of triggering fascinated him from the beginning things might have turned out very differently. As it was, the native Berliner became the most famous photographer in Germany and also a committed thinker, sharpener, storyteller, discoverer of young talent. At the age of seventeen he began to work professionally as a photo-journalist for newspapers, magazines and agencies.
From 1977 to 1986 he ran “The Factory” in Berlin-Kreuzberg and was known chiefly as the music manager of Nina Hagen, Nena and Spliff. He was a decisive figure in getting German New Wave going.
Film, theatre and music remain Rakete’s passion. He photographs big brands and big stars, receives international commissions and in the meantime also works in Los Angeles and Hamburg. His pictures of Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Herbert Grönemeyer have become icons. Whether he photographs Samuel Beckett, Jenny Holzer or the girl next door, his great dedication lays the instant of encounter bare.
With advertising, editorials or private commissions, decisive is Rakete’s attitude. The idea must grab him. It is probably his capacity for enthusiasm and his impatient work tempo that makes him so attractive to stars. Photo sessions with Rakete never take long. You will hear this from Sean Connery, Natalie Portman, Wim Wenders, Götz George, Katharina and Anna Thalbach. Otto Sander described a session in this way: “With Jim you have the feeling that you give him something – and he takes it gratefully”.
Jim Rakete still maintains his “black-and-white gaze”, even when he uses colour. Precision of composition and striking directness pervade his work. His pictures have long been recognized as art and may be found in major collections such as the German Film Museum in Frankfurt and the Folkwang Museum in Essen.

2018 Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
2018 Haus der Geschichte, Bonn
2011 Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt
2010 Folkwang Museum, Essen
2009 Ludwig Galerie Schloss Oberhausen
Group Exhibitions
2018 Made in Berlin, Camera Work, Berlin
2016 Europe Under Construction: Berlin 1945 - 2015, Galerie Chaussee 36, Berlin Total Records - Vinyl & Fotografie, C/O Berlin
2010 A Star is born, Folkwang Museum, Essen
Single Exhibitions
2018 jim rakete trifft interzone - heiner pudelko revisited, Deutscher Werkbund Berlin e.V., Goethestr. 13, 10623 Berlin, Berlin
2017 WIR SIND VIELE, Paul-Löbe-Haus, Berlin German Contemporary Excellence, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
2016 Burgtheater | Innenleben, Galerie Einstein Unter den Linden, Berlin
2015 Burgtheater | Innenleben, Leica Galerie, Wien, Austria Burgtheater | Innenleben, Leica Galerie Salzburg auf Schloss Arenberg, Salzburg, Austria FACE & FUTURE Gelecek ve Yüzleşme, STIFTUNG MERCATOR, Essen
2014 IKONEN - Ein Charityprojekt von Jim Rakete und Kilian Kerner, Schneider Kreuznach, Bad Kreuznach 'Stand der Dinge - 100 Portraits für das Deutsche Filmmuseum, FO.KU.S, Innsbruck, Austria FACE & FUTURE Gelecek ve Yüzleşme, ProjektZentrum Berlin der Stiftung Mercator, Berlin
2013 VERTIGO, MÜNZING CLAASSEN Galerie, Berlin IKONEN - Ein Charityprojekt von Jim Rakete und Kilian Kerner, MÜNZING CLAASSEN Galerie, Berlin
2012 STAND DER DINGE - 100 Porträts für das Deutsche Filmmuseum, Willy Brandt Haus, Berlin Rockpoeten, MÜNZING CLAASSEN Galerie, Berlin Wir & Ich (für Karuna e.V.), Museum Bensheim, Bensheim Porträtfotos der Berliner Philharmoniker, Amthof-Galerie, Bad Camberg Jim Rakete - Werkschau, Kunst- und Kulturzentrum der Städteregion Aachen, Monschau
2011 STAND DER DINGE - 100 Porträts für das Filmmuseum Frankfurt, Filmmuseum Frankfurt, Frankfurt
2010 Straßenkinder für Karuna e.V., Leica Galerie, Solms Blicke gen Norden, Patton Stiftung, Saarbrücken
2009 1/8 sec. - Vertraute Fremde, Ludwig Galerie Schloß Oberhausen, Oberhausen
2008 Augen/Blick/Porträts, Filmmuseum, Frankfurt 1/8 sec. - Vertraute Fremde, Camera Work, Berlin
2006 Update, M.J. Wewerka, Galerie, Berlin Streetfootball, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2002 Bleib So, Haus der Stiftung Demokratie, Saarland
1999 Jim Rakete - Photographien, Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen
1997 Jim Rakete - Photographien, Galerie Barlach, Hamburg