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Finding the Unexpected

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A comprehensive retrospective of works by American photographer Sam Shaw continues at the Ludwig Gallery at Oberhausen Castle until 17 September 2017. The exhibition, titled Finding the Unexpected. SAM SHAW. 60 Years of Photography, is presented in collaboration with the Shaw Family Archives in New York.

The selection of around 230 black and white images highlights the remarkable versatility of the New-York born photographer’s oeuvre. As well as featuring classic works, the exhibition focuses on the main themes of his 60-year career, divided into topics such as sports, portrait, movies and crime.

Shaw began his career as a photographer for Collier's magazine. He gained prominence with reportages about everyday life in 1940s America – standing in sharp contrast to the glamour of his later Hollywood shots. His portraits of the era’s celebrities, artists and intellectuals filled the covers of numerous magazines, including LIFE and Look, and continue to be part of our collective visual memory to this day.

For further information visit Ludwiggalerie Schloss Oberhausen

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