Exhibition Faraway Focus, photographers go travelling

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The exhibition titled “Faraway Focus.

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Exhibition Faraway Focus, photographers go travelling The exhibition titled “Faraway Focus. Photographers go travelling (1880-2015)” showcases travel photography. An excellent inspiration for travellers, photographers and instagrammers in our image-dominated world where people seem to be more interested in taking photos than enjoying the experience of travel for itself.

Photography was invented 170 years ago, and this fundamentally changed the way we saw the world because it showed us places, people and events from all over the globe. And that was before the digital revolution and the web, where images are a communication media that - often erroneously - are considered universal, without considering how they are perceived by our geographic others.
At a moment in time where new disciplines like Visual Literacy are coming to the fore, the exhibition “Faraway Focus. Photographers go travelling (1880-2015)” at the Berlinische Galerie explores travel photographs, one of the core themes of photography for more than 100 years, particularly after mass tourism began to take off at the end of the 1800s. At that time, photographs were used to confirm the “exotic” expectations of travellers, while an actual artistic school of travel photography emerged only in the 1920s. In this case, we are treated to a comparison of the cultural, political and social worlds of the single countries, individually showcased by the different photographers.
Visitors can enjoy 180+ photographs by seventeen photographers providing a narrative of 20th century artistic travel photography. A pathway that stresses the major changes in how we see and capture the world around us, from exoticism and a Eurocentric vision to increased globalisation in the way we look at things. The exhibition could also give you some ideas on how to take your own travel photos that go beyond feet in the sand and the ubiquitous sunset...

Christiiane Bürklein

Exhibition “Faraway Focus. Photographers go travelling (1880-2015)”
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
19 May to 11 September 2017
Artists on display: Max Baumann (*1961), Kurt Buchwald (*1953), Marianne Breslauer (1909–2001), Tim Gidal (1909–1996), Thomas Hoepker (*1936), Sven Johne (*1976), Robert Petschow (1888–1945), Hans Pieler (1951–2012) und Wolf Lützen (*1946), Evelyn Richter (*1930), Erich Salomon (1886–1944), Hans-Christian Schink (*1961), Heidi Specker (*1962), Wolfgang Tillmans (*1968), Karl von Westerholt (*1963), Ulrich Wüst (*1949), Tobias Zielony (*1973) 
1 and 2: Ausstellungsansicht "Die fotografierte Ferne", Berlinische Galerie 2017, © Foto: Harry Schnitger
Ausstellungsansicht "Die fotografierte Ferne", Berlinische Galerie 2017, © Foto: Harry Schnitger
3: Robert Petschow, 
Die Ernte. Ein eben abgemähtes Feld, die Mähmaschine läuft noch in der Feldmitte, um 1930, © Urheberrechte am Werk erloschen
4. Robert Petschow, 
Viadukt von Eglisau in der Schweiz in der Morgensonne, um 1930, © Urheberrechte am Werk erloschen
5. Erich Salomon, 
Unterwegs in den USA, 1930/1932, © Urheberrechte am Werk erloschen, Repro: Anja-Elisabeth Witte
6. Hans Pieler / Wolf Lützen, 
aus der Serie: Transit Berlin-Hamburg, 1984, © Wolf Lützen und Dr. Johan Filip Rindler
7. Kurt Buchwald, 
Ohne Titel, aus der Serie: Cala San Vincente, Mallorca 1991, © VG BILD-KUNST Bonn, 2017
8. Wolfgang Tillmans, 
JAL, 1997, © Wolfgang Tillmans
9. Heidi Specker, 
E.U.R. Campo Totale C, aus der Serie: TERMINI, 2010, © VG BILD-KUNST Bonn, 2017
10. Max Baumann, 
Sicht, aus der Serie: Sprachlos, 1998, © Max Baumann