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The city with its subcultures, promises and dangers is the theme that unites the works of Ken Schles, Jeffrey Silverthorne and Miron Zownir, presented at the Haus der Photographie (Deichtorhallen Hamburg) from 5 May to 7 August 2016.

For over thirty years, Miron Zownir (b. 1953) has been counted among the most radical contemporary photographers. The exhibition in Hamburg predominantly focuses on the work he created in New York. His bleak and forceful images describe the parallel realities of social outcasts in a seemingly timeless underworld.

In his photographs, Jeffrey Silverthorne (b. 1946) addresses existential questions of identity, gender, love, violence, sexuality and death. Imbued with a fascination for role-play, his images bring to mind classical theatrical dramas and painterly traditions.  

Ken Schles (b. 1960) is represented with two series, created in New York in the late 1980s. Titled ‘Invisible City’ and ‘Night Walk’, they document life on the Lower East Side over a period of ten years – resulting in an enthralling portrayal of a world only few have access to. To this day, ‘Invisible City’ (1988) is seen as an iconic documentary on urban life.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive programme of special tours, artist talks, film screenings and workshops.

For further information visit Deichtorhallen

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