In 1845, the Frankfurt Städel Museum was the first art museum in the world to exhibit photography. The new medium had only been developed and made public six years earlier – an event that celebrates its 175th anniversay in 2014.
"Lichtbilder. Fotografie im Städel Museum von den Anfängen bis 1960", is a very comprehensive exhibition that focusses on the most significant tendencies within European photography, and presents a broad selection of the photographs found in the Städel Museum's Modern Art department.
In addition to pioneers such as Nadar, Gustave Le Gray, Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron, the exhibition presents works by 20th century masters like August Sander, Man Ray, Dora Maar and Otto Steinert; it also draws the attention to nearly forgotten photographers.
The exhibition not only gives an overview of the Städel Museum's early photography collection, but also reveals the history of the medium since its beginnings up until 1960.
Further information at: Städel