Last night's opening evening was led by the exhibition's curator Hans-Michael Koetzle, and attended by Leica representatives along with numerous photographers, art collectors and invited guests. Eyes Wide Open ! traces the entire history of small format photography, from its earliest beginnings to the modern day. In around 500 photographs complemented by documentary material, the exhibition examines both technological and photographic developments. The selected works are categorised into fourteen chapters, addressing a variety of different aspects of small format photography – from journalistic strategies to documentary and artistic approaches.
This is the first time an exhibition attempts to offer a comprehensive illustration of the radical changes the invention of the Leica brought to the world of photography. Instead of offering an isolated view of the camera and its history, it focuses on the visual revolution that was sparked by this technological innovation.
Eyes Wide Open ! will be showing in Hamburg until 11 January 2015. In conjunction with the exhibition, visitors also have the opportunity to partake in a number of workshop for children and adults, seminars and guided tours. A richly illustrated catalogue will also be available, and can now be pre-ordered at the LFI Shop (English edition available in January 2015).
To mark the comprehensive Leica exhibition at the Haus der Photographie, selected Leica photographs will be displayed along Hamburg's Jungfernstieg until 31 October 2014.
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