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Eyes Wide Open!

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After great successes in Germany and Austria, the Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica Photography exhibition headed for its next foreign destination: Belgium. From June 17 to August 14, 350 original prints are on display at the Kunsthalle St. Peters Abbey in Gent.

In celebration of Leica photography’s 100 year jubilee, the exhibition presents significant moments of the last century. The focus is on the revolutionary change that came about as a result of a technological innovation – the handy, ‘original Leica’. For the first time ever, the exhibition makes a comprehensive presentation of the transformation that the invention and introduction of the Leica brought about for photography. Rather than focussing on the story of the camera itself, the exhibition takes a look at the visual revolution that resulted from this technical innovation.

Located in various rooms of St. Peters Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery in Gent, the exhibitions presents pictures by renowned Leica photographers such as Will McBride, Paolo Roversi, René Burri, Thomas Hoepker, Bruce Gilden, Mark Cohen, Nobuyoshi Araki, Alexander Rodtschenko, Christer Strömholm, Bruce Davidson, F.C. Gundlach, Fred Herzog, and William Eggleston. Exclusively for this location and as a homage to Belgian Leica photography, works by Harry Gruyaert, Gaël Turine and Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt are also included. Documentary material, historic camera models and prototypes, as well as publications from Leica Camera AG’s company archives, complement the exhibits.  

Further information at: St. Peters Abbey

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