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Experiments With Light

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With ‘The Photography Department in Context: Highway to the Modern World’ the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) sheds light on postwar photography. Through 30 April, 2017.

The exhibition deals with creative and thematic strategies in postwar photography. Typical of the period, for example, were experiments using light as a way to depict speed and the passing of time – within a medium whose central technology involves holding fast a moment in time. Recurring motifs are city life, road traffic, and the highway, which in the 1950s still stood for the unwavering path of progress. A focused look at photographic works created during this period also reveals the considerable influence of Subjective Photography, which presumes a personal point of view on the part of the photographer that dictates the images’ style, composition, and choice of subject.

On view are some 30 works from the holdings of the MKG by photographers including Heinz Hajek-Halke (1898–1983), Kōrō Honjō (1907-1995), Peter Keetman (1916-2005), Guido Mangold (b. 1934), Max Scheler (1928-2003), and Otto Steinert (1915-1978).

Please find more information at Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg

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