Upcoming exhibition

Street. Life. Photography – Seven Decades of Street Photography


Street photography depicts public life in metropolitan centres. It shows everyday scenes and escapades, commerce and individuality, comedy and tragedy, political engagement and social change. It portrays single people who seem to merge into the crowds, creating a sense of both proximity and distance. The diversity of urban spaces and their inherent dynamism have always offered countless opportunities for photographers to capture the city’s spectacle and drama.

The exhibition Street. Life. Photography presents around 220 works by thirty-seven international photographers made over the last seventy years. These works present a variety of different perspectives on urban life, while also showcasing the art of taking photographs on the street and in the city. How have photographers viewed the city and its inhabitants both now and in the past? To what extent is our understanding of public and private space and our relationship to our urban environment reflected in their works? How have views of the city – and thus also the genre of street photography – changed over the course of time?

In this exhibition, international contemporary photographers like Maciej Dakowicz, Loredana Nemes, Jenny Odell and Harri Pälviranta are contrasted with historical positions such as those of Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, William Klein, Harry Callahan and Lisette Model. This comparison of historical and contemporary works enables visitors to appreciate key trends and important technical, conceptual and aesthetic developments. The exhibition is divided into five kaleidoscopically arranged sections with different thematic approaches. The specific focuses on Street Life, Crashes, Public Transfer, Anonymity and Alienation highlight surprising and sometimes strange connections.


Photo Rally offers a digital street photography experience in public space. In a game that can be played on a smartphone or tablet, participants go on a photographic foray and take pictures of their own observations and encounters in urban space. The game Photo Rally offers an insight into the exhibition Street. Life. Photography and combines those insights with a variety of photography tasks. The rally can be played anywhere and works independently of the exhibition visit. Also suitable for families.

Photo Rally for smartphones and tablets will be available from 12.09.2020. More information will follow.

Street. Life. Photography. Seven Decades of Street Photography. An exhibition by Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg with works from the F. C. Gundlach Collection, Hamburg, hosted at Fotomuseum Winterthur. The exhibition was curated by Dr Sabine Schnakenberg (Deichtorhallen Hamburg). Nadine Wietlisbach and her team added additional elements to stimulate further reflection.

Natan Dvir, Juicy Couture 01, Coming Soon, 2008-2014 © Natan Dvir


Eva & Franco Mattes – Dear Imaginary Audience,


Since the mid 1990s, Eva & Franco Mattes (both b. 1976, based in New York) have been questioning the ethics and politics of our daily lives that increasingly take place online. Their artworks, which cover the evolution of networked and screen-based practices over a period that now spans more than two decades, reveal a profound transformation of photographic culture in an age of global digital networks. The artist duo exposes the often murky mechanics which govern the circulation of photographs on the internet and our image-based online behaviours. Invisible infrastructures and power dynamics are dissected and morally dubious decisions are put under scrutiny, often with a darkly humorous edge. Their unsparing critique reveals a shift in our ways of seeing as well as the forms of interaction, spectatorship and agency that derive from it – ultimately exposing the viewers not only as partakers, but as catalysts of online visual culture. The show at Fotomuseum Winterthur is the first solo exhibition of the work of Eva & Franco Mattes to be presented in a museum context, featuring a new commission that will become part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Screenshot from Emily's Video, 2012 © Eva & Franco Mattes


Claudia Andujar


Friday, 22.10.2021, from 18:00
Opening and aperitif

São Paulo–based photographer Claudia Andujar (b. 1931, in Neuchâtel, CH) has dedicated over four decades of her work to the Yanomami, an indigenous community living in the Amazon region in the northern part of Brazil. In the 1970s, when the Yanomami’s local habitat found itself exposed to severe external threats, the photographer turned to activism and from that point on devoted her life and work to campaigning for the community’s legal rights. The exhibition reflects the two indivisible aspects of Andujar’s work: the aesthetic and the political. Her experimental approach to different colour techniques and to classical black-and-white portrait photography is a radical departure from the documentary style of her contemporaries. Andujar’s work will be shown in a museum in Switzerland for the first time: the exhibition is curated by Thyago Nogueira and planned as an international cooperation with the Moreira Salles Institute in Rio de Janeiro, the Fondation Cartier in Paris and the Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid.

Claudia Andujar, Yanomami in the construction work of the North Perimeter Highway, Roraima State, Brazil, 1975