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Eyes Wide Open! 100 years of Leica photography

Guided tour with Hans-Michael Koetzle, curator and publicist

Robert Capa’s falling soldier, the man jumping the puddle by Cartier-Bresson, the kissing couple in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt, the Vietnamese fleeing from Napalm by Nick Út, the hissing of the Soviet flag on the Reichstag in Berlin by Jewgeni Chaldej – these iconographic photographs are all Leica pictures and have ingrained themselves in our collective memory. With the Leica, photography has broken free of the rigid studio and discovered what is happening on the street. The miniaturization has been the catalyst for a huge flood of images, an immense desire to experiment and an extensive visual exploration of reality by amateurs, artists and photojournalists. Hence the Leica camera has become an instrument of upheaval, speed and innovation and has long become a legend – and still is today in our digital age. The curator Hans-Michael Koetzle gives a tour through the exhibition with over 400 photographs, magazines, photo books, film sequences and early camera models–a broad cultural histroy of the medium from the early 20th century till the artistic variety of today.

Start 4 pm
Price 5 Euro plus admission fee 10/5 Euro
Meeting Point Entrance Hall
Place C/O Berlin at Amerika Haus . Hardenbergstraße 22–24 . 10623 Berlin

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