The story of Polaroid is fascinating and instructive on many levels – industrially, technologically, artistically, economically, culturally and socially. In its heyday Polaroid was loved by millions of amateurs and embraced by countless professionals. Families recorded their lives; fashion and portrait photographers made tests with it; scientists used it for notes and records; while artists found it to be an exceptionally malleable and expressive medium.
Fashion magazines are not made to last. Every month there is a new issue with new images, new dreams to sell. One has to remember that fashion magazines produce hundreds of thousands of images to sell fashion. While flipping through these magazines, one surprising image can suddenly catch the eye. This image goes beyond the magazine whose purpose is to sell a garment and to inform potential customers. Here it is about a photographer’s vision, new aesthetics at play, a narrative that reaches far beyond fashion.
CivilizationThe Way We Live Now
We hurtle together into the future at ever-increasing speed – or so it seems to the collective psyche. The vast works we engineer, the grand buildings we erect, the complex wars we wage, the dazzling spectacles we create, the ingenious products we invent, the intricate machines we construct, the wonders we discover at the edge of time and space, the miracle fibres and the life-extending drugs we concoct – every day and every hour human civilization expands, evolves and mutates. Our bodies are rebuilt and resurfaced. We manipulate our genes. Our machines begin to walk, talk and think but the ingenious tools we devise can also backfire...
William Wegman is a world-renowned and pioneering multi-media artist: conceptualist, painter, performance artist, videographer and photographer. A major and long-lasting body of his work has centered on photographs of his Weimaraners—Man Ray, Fay Ray, their descendants and relatives. These patient and willing subjects have made their way into Wegman’s exhibitions and books over the years, yet until now, his rich archive has never been explored in depth. This exhibition features 100 of the finest works drawn from the entire oeuvre, chosen in close collaboration with the artist himself. More than one-half are being exhibited for the first time.
Photographers of The New York Times
In this exhibition are photographs that may remain in your mind for a long time. The photojournalists of the New York Times, who made these images, are among the finest ever to have practiced this profession. Their work is marked by artistry, intelligence, and perseverance. They sometimes risk everything to make their images because they are devoted to the people and their stories. As photojournalists they are compelled to be witnesses and report what they have seen so that you and I will stop our comfortable daily routines for a moment and recognize that our own humanity hangs by a thread; and that through awareness and understanding we can reinforce that thread.
Vik Muniz, one of the world’s most important, celebrated and prolific contemporary artists, takes as his primary interest that space between the subjects of his photographs and the materials used to construct them. His subjects are often classic paintings and photographs that are already well-known to an audience. But his translations of those images employ a broad assortment of non-traditional materials: chocolate, dust, sugar, tomato sauce, dirt, wire, trash and anonymous family snapshots, and more recently individual grains of sand and bacterial microorganisms.
ChangingNature: A New Vision
Photographs by James Balog
For four decades James Balog has studied ancient cultural assumptions about the relationship between human nature and the rest of nature. Through innovative imagery, his projects interpret significant aspects of what has changed, what’s survived, and what changes are projected for the future. His photographs and films reveal nature’s dazzling beauty as well as its capacity for destruction. Conversely, as a scientist and an artist, he documents humanity’s actions that are interrupting nature’s traditional patterns and properties to the detriment of both humans and nature. Each of his projects connects to previous as well as subsequent investigations to knit an increasingly whole view of the people versus nature interface.
The Poetics of the Invisible
A master of vision and a thinking eye, the photographic oeuvre of Manuel Alvarez Bravo spanning over a period of eight decades could be summarized in three words: Dreams – Visions – Metaphors.
Arnold Newman is arguably the finest portrait photographer of his time, and without a doubt the most prolific. For half a century he photographed accomplished artists, writers, scientists and politicians. Despite many exhibitions during his lifetime, a substantial number of his superb portraits have never been shown. This first posthumous retrospective not only features many of these unknown works, along with his most iconic portraits.
A Century of Photography at Condé Nast
Steichen, Beaton, Newton, Bailey and Penn are famous today for their superb, often audacious, fashion photographs. Coming into Fashion features the work of more than eighty fashion photographers who, over the past 100 years, have risen to prominence at the legendary publisher of Vogue. But how did they first burst onto the scene?&nbsp;This original exhibition answers this intriguing question, focusing on the work they produced at the outset of their careers.
This is the first European museum retrospective of this American artist's critically acclaimed work, which questions identity and memory, gender and history, fact and fiction. Spanning a period of thirty years, it reveals a continuity of conceptual and performative exploration. Simpson's photo-text work, together with her film and video installations, incorporate yet simultaneously challenge photographic and moving picture genres.
Arno Rafael Minkkinen, 1970-2015
Throughout his nearly fifty-year career, Arno Rafael Minkkinen has created beautiful photographs of the highest order. In every one of these elegiac pictures, the artist himself is featured, most often in elemental natural settings. This richly varied body of work is the result of a solitary, disciplined process that is singular among photographic artists.
And the Photobook
For many photographers, photobooks are a primary means of—and catalyst for— realizing a body of work and presenting it to the world. Few have demonstrated this with more vitality and dedication than Lee Friedlander, whose first monograph, Self Portrait (1970), launched an extraordinary succession of activity that stands as a monumental achievement in the field of photographic publishing, and that continues unabated. By the end of 2017, Friedlander will have published approximately 50 photobooks, each as distinct and remarkable as its subject. Autonomously edited, collaboratively produced, and always image-driven, these volumes embody the intention, character, and cumulative effect of his vast oeuvre more immediately and accessibly than his exhibitions or singular, handmade prints—leading the photographer himself to call them his true medium.
Events Beyond Words
Edward S. Curtis is considered one of the world’s most famous and accomplished photographers — and justly so, given the depth and breadth of his monumental study of North America’s Native peoples and his artistry. While there have been a variety of Curtis exhibitions and publications over the years, never before has so much of his best work been presented in a single exhibition, nor investigated so closely by distinguished curators and scholars. &lt;em&gt;Edward S. Curtis: Events Beyond Words&lt;/em&gt; looks at three aspects of Curtis’ life-time achievement: Curtis as a highly skilled photographer; the vast œuvre itself; and the complex man behind the camera.
Edward Steichen's Glamour Photography
As chief photographer at Vogue and Vanity Fair between 1923 and 1937 Edward Steichen photographed the most accomplished artists of his time: actors and actresses, architects, poets, novelists, singers and composers. Garbo, Grant, Gershwin, Dietrich, Wright, Yeats, DeMille, Chevalier, and hundreds of other stars sat to be - as on subject put it - "Steichenized!"; This exhibition features one hundred rare vintage prints from the Condé Nast Archive. The vast majority are being exhibited for the first time.
Edward Steichen, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937
Edward Steichen was one of the most prolific, versatile and successful photographers of the 20th century. Among his many achievements were his pioneering efforts in fashion photography and celebrity portraiture. This exhibition features his finest work in these two genres, proving that he had indeed earned his title of "the most famous portrait photographer in the world".
For more than forty years, Lois Greenfield has been without question the finest and most prolific photographer associated with the field of contemporary dance. Yet this highly-acclaimed image-maker is no conventional ‘dance photographer’. Her real concern is not the dance, but the human body in motion, and how the body can uniquely render it.
One Hundred Masterworks
One Hundred Masterworks is an extraordinary selection of vintage photographs by Edward S. Curtis, which highlights both iconic and previously little known images, the majority printed in Curtis’ most compelling and rare processes. The prints are among the finest examples that exist.
Edward S. Curtis and "The North American Indian"
This unique photographic exhibition is being created expressly to allow powerful images of the North American Indian to be more widely exhibited and seen. Freed from the limitations imposed by sensitive vintage photographs, this exhibition will be available to communities without modern museums and in exhibition venues without sophisticated environmental controls.
SagaThe Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen
The substantial project that Minkkinen initiated shortly before the advent of postmodernism and has sustained through the present pertains to many of the movements and issues of contemporary art and photography, among them performance art and body art, the construction of identity, and the male nude.
This exhibition brings together the work of seven photographers from mainland China: Chen Yuanzhong, Hua'Er, Jia Yuchuan, Li Nan, Yang Yankang, Yu Haibo, and Zhang Xinmin. While earning their livings as either freelance or staff photographers (or, in one case, as a freelance writer), each has undertaken the creation of a long-term documentation of one or more aspects of Chinese culture that he or she feels reflects something vital about China now - whether that is something emerging or something vanishing.
Lives in Photography
Edward Steichen is one of the key figures in the history of photography. Beginning as a leading exponent of the 19th-century romantic movement called Pictorialism, Steichen metamorphosed rapidly into one of the leading lights of modernism. For more than half a century he occupied centre stage as the most famous living photographer, the medium’s first household name. However, until now Steichen, -- a Luxembourger by birth -- has never been the subject of a significant retrospective in Europe.
Edward S. Curtis and "The North American Indian"
This is the most diverse and wide-ranging Edward S. Curtis exhibition ever assembled. It is the first Curtis exhibition to show the extraordinary depth and breadth of Curtis' technical genius, as well as his aesthetic virtuosity. This is the first exhibition to highlight every medium and process in which Curtis worked. In addition, the exhibit includes an extensive collection of rare ephemera to complement and illuminate the photography.