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Exhibition: The Birth of Photography - Milestones of the Gernsheim Collection

As mentioned in an earlier posting, details of this European exhibition is now available.

The birth of photography is now seen for the first time and exclusively for half a century back on European soil: the first photographic exterior shot of the world, the photogravure "View from the Window at Le Gras" by the Frenchman Joseph Nicephore Niepce in 1826 . After her last presentation at an exhibition at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham 1898, the factory was more than five decades to be lost. Only after many years of investigative search Helmut Gernsheim felt the image stored in a 1952 steamer trunk in London again. This sensational discovery Gernsheim dated before the birth of photography to thirteen years, but until that time was the year 1839 as its official invention year.

Visitors will journey through the photographic trends of the 19th Century: from the artistically oriented pictorialism of the early war reportage to the time in this emerging travel photography. In addition to images from the early days of the photograph shows the presentation of thematically organized numerous icons of contemporary photography: On display are works from the fields of the act, architecture, travel, urban, landscape and portrait photography as well as experimental and journalistic images of world-famous photographers. The unique combination of the works from the historical and the contemporary part of the Gernsheim collection into a comprehensive overall view of the exhibition allows visitors a fascinating insight into the almost two hundred years of history of photography.

(Sorry, but blame the above on Google translation!). Details of the exhibition can be found here.

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