Art Director & Chief Representative Leica Galleries International (Austria)
Born in Freiburg in 1957, Karin Rehn-Kaufmann studied German Philology and Philosophy at the University of Freiburg. She also holds a diploma from the Eurythmische Hochschule in Stuttgart, where she was subsequently employed as a lecturer from 1982 to 1986. In addition to this, she is also a graduate in Event Management from the Fernuniversität Hagen (distance teaching university).
After ACM Projektentwicklung GmbH, Salzburg, bought into Leica Camera AG in 2005, her long-standing passion for photography led to the opening of the Leica Gallery in Salzburg in 2008. Today, Rehn-Kaufmann is Art Director and Chief Representative of Leica Galleries International and holds management responsibility for the 26 Leica Galleries around the world. She has successfully curated numerous prestigious exhibitions including, for instance, the “Chinaflug” project, an exhibition showing spectacular aerial photography from the 1930s, that was presented at the Chinese Embassy in Berlin and at Photo Shanghai in 2015. She was also responsible for exhibition concepts for the Leica Gallery at Photokina in 2012, 2014 and 2016, as well as the “10x10” exhibition on the occasion of the jubilee “100 years of Leica photography”, and “Personal Best for Leica” – an exclusive collection of the most famous photographs taken by the prominent US Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt. Among others, she curated the exhibitions of photographers Joseph Koudelka, Steve McCurry and Thomas Hoepker, for the Ernst Leitz Museum Wetzlar.
Karin Rehn-Kaufmann has been a member of the jury of the Leica Oskar Barnack Awards since 2008, and has played a significant role in the organisation and further development of the prestigious photography competition. She is the editor of the “40 Years of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award” catalogue, and curator of the exhibition with the same title.