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The Purpose of Photography

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Under the title of For what Purpose? Applications of Photography, the exhibition approaches the medium of photography from a different angle. Instead of subject and content, the displayed images have been selected based on their intended purpose and area of application. The wide scope of possible uses for photography soon becomes evident – be it as an aid to researching the natural world, or a tool to visually transform the appearance of nature; as a way to remember people from our past, or as a police method for tracing persons of interest.

Photography has influenced our perception of reality for more than a hundred years. In the twentieth century, its increasing omnipresence even gave rise to terms such as 'The Eye of the Century'. Capable of any type of transformation, the medium can be adapted to a myriad of requirements and applications.

The exhibition and all accompanying publications were created in collaboration with the University of Konstanz (Germany). The exhibition concept was developed by students in the course of a two-semester long project, supported by Prof. Dr. Bernd Alexander Stiegler and Dr. Felix Thürlemann. 

For further information visit City Museum

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