The exhibition 'Rudolf Lichtsteiner – On the State of Things' shows selected work groups from his archive already preserved at the Fotostiftung Schweiz since 2012. His complete oeuvre encompasses about 1000 original prints, photo-objects and leporellos covering a time period of 50 years.
Rudolf Lichtsteiner, born 1938 in Winterthur, is one of the outstanding proponents of an artistic photography which, as of the 1970s, questioned what is regarded as the “authentic” photographic image and the representational capacity of photography. As early as the late 1960s he was one of the first Swiss photographers to reflect through his work on the media traits of photography, its characteristics and traditional cultural uses, and to sound out its borderlines with reality. Trained as a retoucher he first worked as an advertising photographer in Basel and Zurich. Around that time he also took his first free photo series. Despite his innovative approach, his oeuvre has so far received only minor attention in the world of photography.
The exhibition at the Fotostiftung Schweiz will be the first to provide valuable insight into the different concepts of the image that Rudolf Lichtsteiner developed and consistently pursued throughout his photographic career.
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