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    15 Photos Of What Actors See When They’re Onstage

    Photographer Klaus Frahm has documented the eye-opening views seen from theatre stages.

    Architectural photographer Klaus Frahm wanted to take people through the "fourth wall" that separates actors from their audience. To do this he photographed some of Germany's most beautiful theatres from the perspective of the actors, looking out into the auditorium.

    The result is a fascinating view from the stage that few audience members will have seen before.

    Theater Gütersloh, Gütersloh, Germany

    "It is the camera's specific perspective, dissolving the traditional order, which questions the hierarchy of the stage and the audience," Frahm says in an artist statement. "The space reserved for the audience becomes flat, like a postcard, and the real space of the theatre, the stage, is explored in many directions.

    "The camera looks up, taking note of the scaffolding and lighting structures: the mechanics of the space. Thus we become aware of a workspace hidden behind the red velvet curtain. The contrast between backstage machinery and the sea of velvet seats is exciting."

    Deutsches Theatre und Kammerspiele, Berlin

    Margravial Opera House, Bayreuth

    Leipzig Opera House, Leipzig

    Semper Opera House, Dresden

    Berliner Ensemble, Berlin

    Alvar Aalto Opernhaus, Essen

    Schauspielhaus Bochum, Bochum

    Hamburg State Opera, Hamburg

    Palace Theatre, Sanssoucis, Potsdam

    Cuvilliés Theater, Munich

    Residenztheater, Munich

    Bayreuth Festival Theatre, Bayreuth

    Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg

    Neue Flora, Hamburg