From 1945 to Now: "Humanity in Photographs"

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.

Sabine Jelinek Gelbblutig, 2005 (Yellow Bloody) From the series Transfiguration Chromogenic print Federal Photography Collection at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Purchase 2015 © Sabine Jelinek / Bildrecht, Vienna, 2019; Renate Bertlmann Untitled, 1969/2014 From the series Verwandlungen (Transfigurations) Slide projection Federal Photography Collection at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Purchase 2015 © Renate Bertlmann / Bildrecht, Vienna, 2019; Ana Hoffner Untitled, 2016 From the series Disavowals or cancelled confessions Pigment print on baryta paper Federal Photography Collection at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Purchase 2018 © Ana Hoffner

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.

Martina Mina, Sabine Schwaighofer Untitled, 2016 From the series "as" double-portrait Chromogenic print Federal Photography Collection at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Purchase 2016 © Martina Mina; Margot Pilz TROTZ-DEM, 1983 (Nevertheless) From the series Weiße Zelle (White Cell) Gelatin silver print mounted on cardboard (Leporello) Federal Photography Collection at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Purchase 1986 © Margot Pilz / Bildrecht, Vienna, 2019; Nikolaus Walter Untitled, 1972―1973 From the series Toronto Cowboy Gelatin silver print on baryta paper Federal Photography Collection at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Purchase 1985 © Nikolaus Walter / Bildrecht, Vienna, 2019; Rudolf Zündel Untitled, 1977 From the series Als Tschusch unter Türken (As a Tschusch amongst Turks) Gelatin silver print on baryta paper Federal Photography Collection at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Purchase 1982 © Rudolf Zündel; New works and acquisitions are highlighted,coming from newcomers and established artist such as Nilbar Güreş and Nina Rike Springer, Margot Pilz and Ulrike Lienbacher, Paul Kranzler, Ernst Haas, Rudolf Zündel, and Friedl vom Gröller.

Humanity in Photographs is open until 16 June. For more information about the show, visit their website.


Images are from the press kit.

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