The city is, without doubt, one of photography’s most dazzling subjects. Now you can celebrate seven decades of the medium in a new exhibition launching this September.
Street. Life. Photography at the Kunst Haus Wien in Hundertwasser will explore seven decades of street photography with works from the likes of Merry Alpern, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Martin Parr and Lee Friedlander.
Covering five chapters – Street Life, Crashes, Public Transfer, Anonymity and Alienation – the exhibition will take us on a journey from the 1930s to the present day through over 200 photographs of both analogue and digital.
In Public Transfer, for instance, we’ll see the ways in which people travel around cities, like Dougie Wallace’s unflinching portraits of bus passengers, taken through the bus window. Or Wolfgang Tillmans’ exploration of the unavoidable physical closeness and intimacy during the rush hour in London’s underground. And Michael Wolf’s documentary of Tokyo’s own cramped transport systems.
Elsewhere, in Anonymity, we’ll see the captured raw and intimate moments by Yasmine Chatila in her night-time surveillance of private apartments in New York, while Merry Alpern’s deliberately indiscreet gaze is directed at the windows of the Big Apple’s Wall Street.
Street. Life. Photography at the Kunst Haus Wien in Hundertwasser is a fascinating display of some of the most iconic street photography in the world. It launches on 11 September and runs until 16 February 2020.
Axel Schön, Ohne Titel, aus der Serie: Feuer, Novgorod 1993 © Axel Schön
Joel Meyerowitz, Paris, France, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz, Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Sammlung Falckenberg
Maciej Dakowicz, Ohne Titel, 2007, aus der Serie: Cardiff After Dark, 2005-2011 © Courtesy: Maciej Dakowicz
Loredana Nemes, E009 London 01.2005, from the series Under Ground, 2005-2006 © Courtesy: Loredana Nemes
Leon Levinstein, New Orleans, 1976 © Leon Levinstein, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC, Haus der Photographie / Sammlung F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg
William Klein: Gun 1, New York, 1955 © William Klein, William Klein, Haus der Photographie / Sammlung F.C: Gundlach, Hamburg