Sabine Vollmer von Falken has created lyrical and personal statements about people and places for almost four decades. Her photographs reveal the essential and often hidden emotional core of her subjects. Her editorial imagery explores a range of settings and seasons.
Born and educated in Germany, she studied and apprenticed a three year program at Handwerkskammer Dortmund, Germany, under master photographer Kurt Leinen and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography.
Sabine has lived in the Berkshires, Massachusetts since 1977.
Selected Exhibitions and Collections:
Point of View, Lisa Vollmer Photography Gallery, Great Barrington 2017
Gift Show, Lisa Vollmer Photography Gallery, Great Barrington 2016
A Tango Diary, Six Depot Gallery, West Stockbridge, MA 2014
Designer Showcase, Ventford Hall, Lenox, MA 2011
Walk On, Creative Pittsfield, Pittsfield, MA 2011
A Summer Ramble, Sohn Fine Art, Stockbridge, MA 2011
Storybook Forest, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA 2010
Four Seasons, Mermaid Collection, Great Barrington, MA 2010
Dana Farber Collection of Art, Boston, MA, 2009
Botanica Britannica, Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA 2009
Woodland Chic, Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY, 2009
Global Warning, New Marlborough Meeting House Gallery, New Marlborough, MA, 2006
Destination Tango Buenos Aires, Chaiwalla, Salisbury, CT, 2006
Newseum, Portrait of Elizabeth Neuffer, Washington, DC 2006
Shells Rule, Tokonoma Gallery, Housatonic, MA, 2003
Paris, Rouge Bistro, West Stockbridge, MA, 2002
It’s Just a Matter of Time, svf studios, Stockbridge, MA, 2002
9/11, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA, 2001
Morning Faces, Front Street Gallery, Housatonic, MA, 1999
New York, Topolino, Housatonic, MA 1998
Color Composition, Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA, 1996
The Artist’s Way Out, Osborne House, Twin Lakes, CT, 1995
Siesta, William Calligari Design, Lenox, MA, 1994
Transformation, Front Street Gallery, Housatonic, MA 1993
Corrosion, Spazi Gallery, Housatonic, MA 1993
Hope, Tokonoma Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, 1991
Retrospective 1966-1986, svf studios, South Egremont, MA, 1986
Woodland Style, Storey Books, North Adams, MA 2010
Full of Grace, PowerHouse Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2007
Chasing America, St. Martin’s Press, NY, 2006
Where Women Create, Sterling Publishing, NY, NY, 2005
Shell Chic, Storey Books, North Adams, MA, 2002
Sensuous Gardens, Conran Octopus, London, 1999
Bits and Pieces Mosaics, Storey Books, North Adams, MA, 1998
Lupus Novis, Station Hill Press, Barrytown, NY, 1986
International Center of Photography ICP, ASMP, and WPJA
In the press:
'Stockbridge Photographer Combines Art and Business
Sabine Vollmer von Falken operates studio and gallery for over 20 years
Written by: Shelly Jarenski
For the past 23 years, Sabine Vollmer von Falken has owned and operated the Sabine Vollmer von Falken Studios and Gallery in Glendale, Massachusetts. With photographic interests ranging from architectural studies, to portraits, to editorial assignments, she has created a successful business out of an artistic pursuit.
Vollmer von Falken first became interested in photography when she was growing up in Germany in the 1950's. "At first, photography was a way of playing," she says. "My father let me use his camera to take photographs just around the house."
When it came time for Vollmer von Falken to decide on a career, photography was in the back of her mind, but it was not her first choice. At first, she began studying as an interior architect, then she changed her pursuit to silver smithing. "Neither one of them was quite right," said Vollmer von Falken. She tried photography, and felt right immediately. "I would have more contact with people. I wanted to find out more about human nature," she said.
Vollmer von Falken combined art and business when she began her studies. She said that historical photographer Julia Margaret Cameron informed her work, and she studied in the style of Yusof Karsh. After three years of school that earned her a degree in photography, she took an apprenticeship in photography to sharpen her skills. After graduation, she found work in an advertising agency, and later worked as a theater photographer in Berlin.
After having children, however, Vollmer von Falken decided to devote her time to her family. She practiced photography casually, taking photographs for friends and of her family. But the medium remained close to her heart. "Wherever I was I had a darkroom," she said.
Vollmer von Falken then came to the United States, where she began her first job since having her children. As a German teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School in Great Barrington, Vollmer von Falken was also responsible for the school's publicity. This training would prove crucial when trying to start her own business.
When Vollmer von Falken decided to open her own studio, she took a course at Berkshire Enterprises in Pittsfield, an organization that helps people start their own businesses. Vollmer von Falken said that her work there with the late Al Robertson was instrumental in helping her get her business off the ground. "I met other people who were trying to start businesses. Everything sounds very scary at the time; only the brave succeed."
Vollmer von Falken began by doing portraits for people, which often led to assembling artists' portfolios. For example, one of Vollmer von Falken's original clients, who came to have her pictures taken when she was a young girl, is now a teenager considering a career in modeling. She came to Vollmer von Falken to have photos taken that she sent to agencies. Vollmer von Falken then began photographing weddings. "At Berkshire Enterprises, they advised studying the market and weddings are something the Berkshires are known for," she said.
Vollmer von Falken also found business by doing her own public relations work. Drawing on her experiences from the Rudolf Steiner School, she created postcards featuring her work, developed a mailing list of employers and took samples of her work around to area businesses. "Sometimes, I had to make my own assignments in order to show something. In photography, you can't just write a letter."
Commissions and Artwork:
from the Passport Series DDR