The Museum der Moderne Salzburg opened a new showcase on contemporary portraiture named Humanity in Photographs, which focuses on humans and how they've become a fixture in photography.
The human gaze has been a permanent fixture in photography. Ever since photography's been conceived and its early developments, humans and their portraiture have existed. The Federal Photography Collection acquired by the museum spoke of the growth and shift as to how photographers see the human condition and how individuals reflect certain types of conventions, identities as well as individuality. The human gaze is ever curious and introspective, and as such, we tend to look not only at other people but also ourselves. Christiane Kuhlmann, curator of photography and media art said:
“The new accessions of the past several years show that photographers increasingly use the camera to reflect on selfhood and the engagement with the other. We see this as a vital development and an excellent occasion to mount an exhibition surveying a fascinating and variegated genre: the depiction of human being.”
The exhibition focuses on the portrayal of people. The collection was established in 1981 and focuses on contemporary photography, the earliest it acquired dating from 1945 to present. There are about 11,000 works from several contemporary artists and Humanity in Photographs serves as a public debut of the collection. The showcase is sectioned into Five: Individuality. Likeness, Seeing/Looking, Gender/Performance, Childhood/Adolescence, and Documentation/Reportage.
Humanity in Photographs is open until 16 June. For more information about the show, visit their website.
Images are from the press kit.