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
60 works online
Robert FrankAmerican, born Switzerland.1924–201950 exhibitions, 296 works online
Hiroshi HamayaJapanese, 1915–19996 exhibitions, 3 works online
Gen OtsukaJapanese, 1912–19921 exhibition, 2 works online
Gertrudes AltschulBrazilian, born Germany. 1904–19623 exhibitions, 10 works online
Arthur SiegelAmerican, 1913–19788 exhibitions, 38 works online
- There are 26 artists in this collection gallery online.