Playing with light, chemicals, exposures, and framing, the artists in this gallery investigated the experimental qualities of photography and film during the period following World War II. Many of them featured in international publications and shows—including at MoMA—that celebrated photography’s capacity for abstraction and expressive innovation. One such platform was Subjektive Fotografie (Subjective Photography), an influential touring exhibition series initiated by self-taught photographer Otto Steinert in Germany in the 1950s. The artists represented hailed from Germany, Brazil, Japan, Sweden, and the United States, among other places. Aiming to capture what Steinert called “the visual experience of [the] times,” these artists rejected “commonplace and merely ‘beautiful’ pictures . . . in favor of experiments and fresh solutions,” and explored a wide range of photographic approaches and processes.
- MoMA, Floor 4, 409 The David Geffen Wing
52 works online
Gertrudes AltschulBrazilian, born Germany. 1904–19622 exhibitions, 10 works online
Geraldo de BarrosBrazilian, 1923–19985 exhibitions, 6 works online
Robert BreerAmerican, 1926–201114 exhibitions, 7 works online
Kilian BreierGerman, born 19311 exhibition, 1 work online
Harry CallahanAmerican, 1912–199949 exhibitions, 244 works online
- There are 26 artists in this collection gallery online.