Women are Beautiful
06.06. - 03.08.2014
In its upcoming exhibition WestLicht Museum for Photography presents Women are Beautiful, both the most prominent and most debated series by famed Street Photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984). The 85 photographs from the 1960s and 1970s, which Winogrand compiled in a book by the same title published in 1975, form a thorough portrait of an era on the move. During the post-war years, there was a change in the attitude of women, based on an intense exercise of inner and outer freedom. Winogrand’s series is an unprecedented document of social change taking shape in public everyday life. Following the women through the streets of Manhattan and joining them at high society parties, Winogrand’s camera observes how they occupy public space with self-confident grace and how social transformation manifests in their body language and habitus. Although the series depicts women as principal agents of change, they however remain subjected to the male gaze of a brilliant image hunter.
In the central display cases of the Camera Museum WestLicht presents a special exhibition on the subject of detective cameras, showcasing a selection of miniature and spy cameras. The introduction of photography in 1839 also launched an era during which various camera types were developed. Due to their different areas of use, user demands regarding manageability, transportability and inconspicuousness grew. The ambition to take photographs unnoticed was the focus of many cameras. The small, highly technological objects of utility are collectively known as detective cameras here. These cameras revolutionised photography: for the first time, they gave both amateur and professional photographers the chance to capture moving and stationary objects at any time. This camera type was popular until 1920 and inspired the American George Eastman to build the first Kodak box camera, a novelty which found an instant, massive following, paving the way for an innovative way of taking photographs. The snapshot was born.
Garry Winogrand. Women are Beautiful with the courtesy of Lola Garrido Collection
Talks & Events
Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jens Schröter > 22.07.2014, 7 pm (in German)