The eye of the photographer

Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig

The eye of the photographer. Industrial culture in photography since 1900

Exhibition from 8 March till 28 June 2020

In the Year of Industrial Culture 2020 in Saxony, the Museum of Printing Art focuses on the medium of photography, which perfectly reflects the diversity of industrial culture. Since the beginning of the 20th century, photographers have been documenting the rapidly changing industrial society, relating people, craft and architecture. The industry offered new, undiscovered motifs, while the economy itself became the client for the image production. The resulting photographs are pictorial documents of industrial culture – often with artistic claims.

As an authentic place of industrial culture, the Museum of Printing Art is the starting point for a journey through German photography from 1900 to the present day. The focus is on two important industrial centers: Central Germany and the Ruhr area. Over 100 photographs are shown, among others. from the Atelier Hermann Walter (Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig), by Hans Finsler (Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle / Saale), Evelyn Richter (Evelyn Richter Archive of the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung in the Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig) and Bernd and Hilla Becher (Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur Köln), the Krupp’s historical archive as well as previously unknown photographs from Saxon archives and contemporary positions.

Guided Tours

Sunday at 12: 8.3., 15.3., 5.4., 17.5., 28.6.
Tuesday at 3 pm: 10.3., 21.4., 12.5., 23.6.

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