Manfred Willmann − Blitz & Enzianblau and 2018/2017
Exhibition run: 29 March − 25 May 2019
This exhibition by Manfred Willmann is composed of works from the year 2005. Intense close-up views, series of landscapes, animals, plants, everyday objects and portraits are interrupted by reproductions of the backside of the Agfa photo paper Sensatis.
Having produced more than a thousand analog prints in the year 2005 on this material, Willmann has only looked at them ten years later and subsequently developed this exhibition.
Blitz & Enzianblau [Lightning Flash und Gentian Blue] brings together photographs that show not only the surface of the world, but also tell about of the medium of photography itself - of its very own possibilities to represent the world, in its beauty, ugliness and transience, as images.
In the way as concrete poetry speaks about language itself, Willmann exposes the texture of the medium of photography. His photographs deal with constellations, still-lives, and moments – isolated by his flash, often painful in their existential depth, but entirely free of sentimentality.
The exhibition will also feature current pictures from Willmann's "2018 / 2017" body of work.
Manfred Willmann, *1952 in Graz, Austria; lives and works in Graz and in the south west of the federal province of Styria.
Sparkassenstraße 2, 5020 Salzburg
Opening hours: on appointment only
Exhibition run: 24 January − 27 July 2019
The new FOTOHOF archiv presentation entitled Life in Japan by photographer Gerti Deutsch offers an insight into everyday life and culture in Japan in 1960 while showcasing various forms of expression and uses of photography.
After embarking on a successful career as a photo journalist for London’s Picture Post, one of the first modern-day weekly picture magazines, Gerti Deutsch accepted an invitation in 1960 from the Japanese camera industry to visit the country for a photo-reportage lasting several weeks. With a European’s gaze she photographed cultural institutions, industry, untouched rural life, and people out and about on the streets. In her photographs she went in search of touch-points between tradition and modernity in Japanese life. We now know today that this particular period was in fact one of crucial change in Japanese society.
The FOTOHOF archiv owns the very extensive estate from that trip, comprised of both the negatives and the original photographs of a Gerti Deutsch exhibition staged in London in 1962. In keeping with the remit of an art photography archive, the Werkschau (or work exhibition) shows a selection of large-format analogue photographs mounted on hardboard, very much in line with the spirit of the 1960s. Also featured are digital copies of motifs that were disregarded at the time, but have since been revisited by the Archive staff. One particular rarity are the print templates on a cardboard backing set out in the planned layout for a book about Japan that was never realised. There are also examples of how her photographs were used in contemporary magazines, documents about her trip, and finally large-format contact copies of her films, the photographer’s ‘visual diary’, as it were.
In the tradition of the Werkschau, the new presentation by the FOTOHOF archiv aims to provide an insight into the scientific work conducted on the photographic estate by the Archive and to showcase the different ways in which the photographs have been used, from magazine reportage to art exhibition.