09.02.2010 - 05.04.2010
WestLicht Schauplatz für Fotografie is proud to present the first extensive exhibition of photographs by Herbert List, in Austria. Herbert List has left behind an extraordinary creative oeuvre.
Photography was in the artists’ own words a “Vision- made visible”. Art historian Günter Metken coined the term “fotografia metafisica”, in connection to the “visionary” pictures of List, it can be traced back to Giorgio de Chirico, and hence the term defined a new category in photographical history. At the same time List’s personal photographic development illustrates the move from the German “new objectivity” to photo journalism. His early works strike the viewer as sensual, yet ascetic expressions of a love of forms, whereas his later works show a close portrayal of the human in all it’s exuberance and vitality.