Black & White
27.08.2015 – 17.01.2016
Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria

With the exhibition Black & White, the Albertina establishes a new exhibiting format as a regular fixture of the programme: the Photographic Collection will from now on be using its recently completed Galleries for Photography to show periodically changing exhibitions selected from its approximately 100,000 photos.
Black & White will open this series with the presentation of around 100 masterpieces. The exhibition will afford a look into the museum’s extensive photographic holdings that reflects the structure of the Photographic Collection, which was created in 1999. While its core includes important treasures from the history of photography that had already been held as part of the Albertina’s Graphic Art Collection, the museum also integrated two other large collections: the historical collection of the Viennese commercial arts school Graphische Lehr und Versuchsanstalt and the photo archive of the German photography-oriented book publisher Langewiesche. Over the 17 years since then, further intensive collecting efforts have given rise to additional focuses such as Street Photography.

The range of works on exhibit provides visitors with an overview of various genres such as portrait, architectural, and landscape photography while also providing insight into important photographic trends and tendencies. These include pictorialism, with Heinrich Kühn’s fine clay studies and nudes by Rudolf Koppitz; New Objectivity, with architectural studies by Albert Renger-Patzsch and Ruth Hallensleben; and 20th-century street life and documentary photography by figures such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lisette Model, William Klein, Robert Frank, and Lee Friedlander.
Featured artists:
Wilhelm Angerer | Alois Beer | Erwin Blumenfeld | Bill Brandt | Brassaï (Gyula Halász) | Henri Cartier-Bresson | Julia Margaret Cameron | Walker Evans | Hugo Erfurth | Andreas Ritter von Ettingshausen | Hans Finsler | Trude Fleischmann | Robert Frank | Lee Friedlander | Masahisa Fukase | Seiichi Furuya | David Goldblatt | Ruth Hallensleben | Elisabeth Hase | André Kirchner | Imperial and Royal State and Court Printing Office, Vienna | William Klein | Rudolf Koppitz |Heinrich Kühn | Helmar Lerski | O. Winston Link | Elfriede Mejchar | Ray K. Metzker | Lisette Model | Daidō Moriyama | Lucia Moholy | Felix Moulin | Helmut Newton | Irving Penn | Edward Quingley | Albert Renger-Patzsch | Charlotte Rudolph | Friedrich Seidenstücker | Sam Shaw | Christer Strömholm | Wolfang Suschitzky | Henry Fox Talbot | Anton Josef Trcka | J. Verotier | Minor White | Garry Winogrand | Morris Wright
Image: ©Brassa, In Einem Stundenhotel, Rue Quincampoix, in 1932, Silbergelatinepapier, Albertina © Bildrecht, Wien, 2015

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