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In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century
Boris Mikhailov, Untitled, from Red, 1968-1975

In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century

What happens when photography meets the forces of history?

Annelies Štrba » Emmy Andriesse » Eugène Atget » Brassaï » Robert Doisneau » Seiichi Furuya » Jitka Hanzlova » Craigie Horsfield » Sune Jonsson » André Kertész » Chris Killip » Viktor Kolář » Boris Mikhailov » Anders Petersen » Henryk Ross » Inta Ruka » Michael Schmidt » Christer Strömholm » Josef Sudek » Wolfgang Tillmans » Ed van der Elsken » Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy) »

Exhibition: 13 Oct 2006 – 28 Jan 2007

Barbican Art Gallery

Barbican Centre, Silk Street
EC2Y 8DS London

Barbican Art Gallery

Barbican Centre, Silk Street
EC2Y 8DS London

+44 (0)20-76384141


www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery

Sat-Wed 10-18, Thu, Fri 10-21

From the First World War to the Cold War, the sexual revolution to the Velvet Revolution, communism to capitalism, the 20th Century was marked by sweeping historical events and changes. In the Face of History brings together the work of many of the greatest photographers of this period, whose works collectively map out a century of European experience. One of the first major exhibitions to chart European photography from 1900 to the present day, In the Face of History features classic photographers such as Eugène Atget, Josef Sudek and Brassaï , alongside contemporary artists such as Boris Mikhailov, Jitka Hanzlová and Wolfgang Tillmans. The exhibition inlcudes a number of photographers from the former Eastern bloc, with many works shown in the UK for the first time. All of the photographers are distinguished by a closeness to their subject matter, sometimes depicting these subjects during times of great conflict. André Kertész documented the realities of a soldier’s life while serving in the Austro Hungarian army in the Great War. Henryk Ross, meanwhile, is represented by a series of shocking images which he took in secret while imprisoned in the Lodz ghetto in Poland during World War Two. Other photographers depict subtler currents of social and cultural change. Christer Strömholm lived amongst, and documented, a community of transsexuals in Paris in the 1960s. Annelies Štrba shows photographs of her children’s lives taken over a thirty year period. In the Face of History contains many powerful works, images distinguished by the emotional bond between photographer and subject, offers a unique perspective on a century, as seen through the eyes of some of Europe’s greatest photographers.

In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century
Emmy Andriesse, Amsterdam, 'Hunger Winter', 1944-1945
In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century
Seiichi Furuya, Berlin-Ost, 1985
In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century
Sune Jonsson, Farmer and graveyard worker Hjalmar Nyberg, 1956