In The Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century

Artvehicle 2/Recommended

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
Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8D

Daily, 11am-8pm
Late night first Thurs, 11am-10pm