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CAMERA WORK Gallery : Witnessing History


Starting March 19, 2022, CAMERA WORK Gallery presents the exhibition “Witnessing History”, dedicated to the significant history of photojournalism with 40 impressive works by over 20 world-famous photographers. On display and contextualized are visual documents from nearly 80 years of world events which have made history and become an integral part of the collective memory. These icons come from the renowned collection of CAMERA WORK AG or are works of those photographers whom CAMERA WORK Gallery has represented for many years.

Beginning in 1935, with a work by Dorothea Lange, who would go on to create the definitive reportage photography of the century just one year later with the portrait »Migrant Mother,« the exhibition continues into 2011 and concludes with arguably one of the most famous icons of the past decade: the view through the camera of official White House photographer Pete Souza into the »Situation Room« as U.S. President Barack Obama and parts of his administration receive an update on the U.S. military operation to locate al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. The analysis of this photograph is of historic proportions.

The photographers have changed the way we look at the world with their works. Their symbolic insights have condensed events. They have given a face to the horror of war, clarified the atrocity of racial segregation, been present at the legendary concert of the Rollings Stones in Berlin’s Waldbühne in 1965 and as Marilyn Monroe tried to tame her dress on the grating of a subway shal, witnessed John F. Kennedy’s visit to Berlin and his funeral service, documented the horror of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and accompanied the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The exhibition presents works by, among others, Eddie Adams, Thomas Billhardt, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Michel Comte, Elliott Erwitt, Rolf Gillhausen, Ernst Haas, Thomas Hoepker, Dorothea Lange, Robert Lebeck, Neil Leifer, Will McBride, Ruth Orkin, Robert Polidori, Jürgen Schadeberg, Steve Schapiro, William C. Shrout, Pete Souza, and David Yarrow.


 Witnessing History
from March 19 until May 7, 2022
Kantstrasse 149
10623 Berlin


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