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William Guerrieri: Habana Café, Via della chiesa, 2009, © William Guerrieri

Photographic Concepts and Treasures –
Works from the Collection
Part 2 – Urban Life, Architecture, Industry


September 2, 2022 – January 8, 2023

With the interlocking themes of "Urban life, architecture, industry", Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur is once again presenting a selection from its own holdings with historical and contemporary series of works in its anniversary year. Altogether there are exhibits by 20 photographers from Germany, Italy, the USA and Japan who have realized their work in various cultural contexts. But as different as the concepts are, they are united by the motivation to capture the environment they experience in visual documents and to convey it in the most differentiated and authentic way possible. Houses and settlements in urban and rural areas, buildings, technical constructions, specific inventions, production processes, products, equipment and interventions in the landscape are presented and transformed into insightful views and series of works. Measures to secure livelihoods and to meet needs, aesthetic ideas and cultural identities emerge. The focus is on evolved structures, moments that have been overlooked or those owed to chance. Direct images of people tend to recede into the background, no matter how much their everyday life and work is often the origin of what is reflected in the photographs shown and becomes the motif of the picture. What becomes clear is that urban life moves within the framework of a wealth of architecturally and industrially shaped phenomena and processes.
The documentary photographs, taken since the 1920s, also make it clear from today's perspective that the natural environment on which everything is based also works through the network of what is shown, changes in substance as well as in its meaning and plays a new essential role. Questions of time determine the interpretation of what we perceive, and above all it is photographs that stimulate us on many levels to deal with the past in the field of tension between the present and the future.
What fascinates them is the visual exploration of the world they experience, as well as the possibilities of a suitably conceived photographic implementation while largely reducing their own influence.

Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne, tel.: +49 221/888 95 300, email: photographie@sk-kultur.de, www.photographie-sk-kultur.de

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