020209: Galerie Johannes Faber: Masterpieces of Photography 1850 – 1970

Galerie Johannes Faber: Masterpieces of Photography 1850 – 1970 Too good to be sold Johannes Faber shows an outstanding and dignified cross-section of his gallery program at his new premises in Vienna’s downtown Dorotheergasse; a museum would be proud to call these works their own. Ranging from Stieglitz’ best known “The Steerage” (1907), emphatically depicting everyday life on an overcrowded ship deck, to a photogram by Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, the onlooker can indulge into everything that was ever generated by classic modern photography. Too bad though, that a photo by Helmut Newton showing women as Barbie dolls is also among the works, while at the same time Frantisek Drtikol so clearly spotlights that act photography has nothing to do with “becoming an object”. This beautiful vintage (1922) depicts a character and not an object of desire, thereby sharply contrasting Newton’s 1981 creation. The only things to criticize at this exhibit are this outlier, as well as the fact that there is not enough information on the works shown. And of course the thought, that these works are much too good to possibly end up in a private collection. After all – some of the displayed works are the last existing originals, as the head of the gallery, Katharina Rosenstingl, pointed out. Despite the fact that Vienna has two renowned locations dealing with photography: “Westlicht” and the Albertina photography collection, a large institution dealing independently and exclusively with this medium is still missing. Frankly, the public’s negligence is to blame that a gallery has to take on the role of a museum. Anyway - until a photography museum opens its gates in Vienna, if it ever will, it is highly recommendable to visit the Gallery Faber at its new downtown location. Wolfgang Pichler Galerie Johannes Faber 1010 Vienna, Dorotheergasse 12, until 21.02.09 www.jmcfaber.at

Galerie Johannes Faber (alte Location)
1010 Wien, Dorotheergasse 12
Tel: +43 1 512 84 32, Fax: +43 1 512 84 32
Email: office@jmcfaber.at
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