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(Mis)Understanding Photography

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Since its invention 175 years ago, artists have continuously questioned what photography is all about: based on the omnipresence of the photographic image, they have written essays and texts, dealing with the most diverse aspects of the medium: its materiality and popularity, its media power, its demand for objectivity.

Today, with the gradual disappearance of analogue and the dominance of digital, these works gain contemporary value. The exhibition presents a wild and ironic, at times melancholic, history of photography.

A second part of the exhibition is dedicated to the manifests of photographers; because, some of the most radical statements about photography were made by photographers themselves. Included are declarative texts by László Moholy-Nagy, August Sander, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martha Rosler and Germaine Krull.

Further information at: Museum Folkwang

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