12th October 2006 — 28th January 2007
This fascinating chronological exhibition starts in Paris, with Atget’s ghostly photographs of rag-pickers and moustachioed bakers, and Brassai’s decadent lovers in the mist. The appalling conditions of the Second World War are presented in Henryk Ross’s testament to the unspeakable realities of the Lodz ghetto and Emmy Andriesse’s document of Holland’s hungry winter of 1944. The following decades are filled with Amsterdam hippies, transvestites, Hamburg’s red-light district and rural communities in Norway, Latvia and Ukraine. The show culminates with Annelies Strba’s mesmerising family album and Seiichi Furuya’s tribute to his wife who committed suicide.
Barbican Art Gallery
London EC2Y 8D
Late night first Thurs, 11am-10pm