Travelling has been a major theme in photography for over a hundred years. As a genre, travel photography emerged around the same time as mass tourism in the late 19th century, when it reinforced expectations of foreign parts as somehow exotic. Only since the 1920s has travel inspired photographers to respond artistically to cultural, political and social conditions in other countries. These pictures might be spontaneous reactions to the unknown or else prompted by a preconceived plan.
The exhibition presents over 180 works by 17 photographers and reflects the history of 20th-century art photography. The different approaches illustrate changes in visual idiom and perceptions from early travel photography down to our globalised world.
Max Baumann (*1961), Kurt Buchwald (*1953), Marianne Breslauer (1909–2001), Tim Gidal (1909–1996), Thomas Hoepker (*1936), Sven Johne (*1976), Robert Petschow (1888–1945), Hans Pieler (1951–2012) und Wolf Lützen (*1946), Evelyn Richter (*1930), Erich Salomon (1886–1944), Hans-Christian Schink (*1961), Heidi Specker (*1962), Wolfgang Tillmans (*1968), Karl von Westerholt (*1963), Ulrich Wüst (*1949), Tobias Zielony (*1973)
Funding and catalogue were contributed by the Förderverein Berlinische Galerie e.V.
Faraway Focus. Photographers Go Travelling (1880–2015)
May 19 – September 11, 2017
Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Alte Jakobstr. 124-128, 10969 Berlin