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Drive-in

By 27. 3. 2014 April 15th, 2019 No Comments

Different artists
Drive-in

17.06.2014 – 13.09.2014

Before the opening, at 19h, Esther Woerdehoff will guide us through selected works for the exhibition Drive In and talk about her work as a gallery owner and a collector. The exhibition is curated by the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff.

Different artists
Drive-in

Elliott Erwitt, René Burri, Inge Morath, Simone Kappeler, Louis Stettner, Jason Langer, Mario A., Evgen Bavčar, Daniel Frasnay, Leonard Freed, Michael von Graffenried, Peter Suschitzky, Gérard Musy, Chien-Chi Chang, Loan Nguyen, Arthur Tress, Philippe Monsel, Xavier Lambours, Sam Shaw, Andreas Fux, Xavier Dauny

Opening: Tuesday, June 17th at 8pm

Before the opening, at 19h, Esther Woerdehoff will guide us through selected works for the exhibition Drive In and talk about her work as a gallery owner and a collector.

The exhibition is curated by the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff.

The fascination for cars is a theme with a very special place in the American photography. When in the early 50s, Swiss photographer Robert Frank, thanks to a Guggenheim fellowship grant, drove his car across America for two years, he had his family with him. The picture of his wife Mary and their two children, totally exhausted and half asleep in the car, is an iconic image in the history of photography.
When Elliott Erwitt, during and after the depression era, photographed those rolling dreams with his candid sense of humor and irony, cars, especially the very large and imposing ones, were already a landmark in the American landscape.
René Burri who travelled around the world several times, also loved to create images where cars became the main subject. His most stunning photograph, Sao Paulo 1960, is a view of the rush hour circulation on a busy street in Brazil.
When Simone Kappeler, another Swiss photographer, drove through America in 1981, 30 years after her fellow countryman Robert Frank, she took pictures with a Hasselblad, a Polaroïd and cheap toy cameras like Diana. Driving a Gran Torino across the US, she discovered how much this country was built around the culture of car; something so different from what she knew in small Switzerland.
With the rise of street photography, cars appear as a travelling place of intimacy in the public space. A moving home to talk, to eat, to sleep and to love. Photography shows how much cars are elements of the landscape, mechanical sculptures with their own modern esthetic. The window frame of the car remind us of the camera’s viewfinder: boxes where small scenes take place between people as in a moving theater.

Different artists

Elliott Erwitt, René Burri, Inge Morath, Simone Kappeler, Louis Stettner, Jason Langer, Mario A., Evgen Bavčar, Daniel Frasnay, Leonard Freed, Michael von Graffenried, Peter Suschitzky, Gérard Musy, Chien-Chi Chang, Loan Nguyen, Arthur Tress, Philippe Monsel, Xavier Lambours, Sam Shaw, Andreas Fux, Xavier Dauny

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