Past exhibition

Stories, Histories – Set 3 from the Collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur

04.03.–05.11.2006

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There is a good deal of talk nowadays about a crisis in reportage and documentary photography connected with the loss of subjective, personal photographic series in magazines, and the predominance of the speedier information provided by television. This forces narrative, in-depth photography to look for new avenues with which to forestall the loss of authorship with different media and new sponsors. In recent years, a conspicuous shift of emphasis has taken place that has transferred the photographic document to other contexts, such as advertising, fashion and art. Severed from the topical event and its rapid dissemination, it is presented with a conceptual approach and a reference to the decelerated perception in magazines, books and exhibitions. The document is not dead; it survives owing to the continuing inner need of our society, even today, to explain the world by means of stories, to understand connections and correlations, and to interpret them as part of history in its greater or lesser forms.

Stories, Histories – Set 3 from the Collection of Fotomuseum Winterthur presents a wide range of documentary and narrative photographs, with works by Dennis Adams, Lewis Baltz, Lee Friedlander, Paul Graham, Andreas Gursky, Takashi Homma, Zbigniew Libera, Rémy Markowitsch, Boris Mikhailov, Gilles Peress, Allan Sekula, Bruno Serralongue, Fazal Sheikh, Joel Sternfeld, Bertien van Manen, Lidwien van de Ven and Stephen Wilks.

The exhibition was curated by Thomas Seelig and Urs Stahel. A cooperation with FO.KU.S, Foto Kunst Stadtforum Innsbruck.

Sponsor: Ars Rhenia Stiftung

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