100 Years of Leica Photography

Part II – The Contemporaries
Gallery for Photography

Part I – The Classics
Museum for Photography

“The Leica is the extension of my eye.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

EYES WIDE OPEN! tells the history of a revolution. The invention of the Leica 100 years ago was the dawn of a new era in photography, the view on the world radically changed. The compact size, high performance lens, quiet mechanics and short shutter speed enabled permanent readiness, extreme perspectives and a spontaneity never seen before. This new speed, freedom and effortlessness catered to the needs of an accelerated age and inspired photographers worldwide.

Robert Capa’s falling soldier, the man jumping the puddle by Cartier-Bresson, the kissing couple in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt, the Vietnamese fleeing from Napalm by Nick Út – all these iconic pictures have been taken with a Leica, and each of them has ingrained itself in collective memory.

EYES WIDE OPEN! illuminates the history of Leica photography from the very beginnings to the present day. In Vienna the touring exhibition will be jointly presented by WestLicht. Museum for Photography and OstLicht. Gallery for Photography. WestLicht will house the classical sections of the exhibition, with works from Rodchenko to Cartier-Bresson, accompanied by selected camera models, magzines and photobooks. OstLicht will display the more contemporary part, with photographs by Bernd Arnold, Julia Baier, Mark Cohen, Alberto Garcia-Alix, Bruce Gilden, Jing Huang, Rudi Meisel, Susan Meiselas, Jeff Mermelstein, Paulo Nozolino, Paolo Roversi, Tom Wood and many more.

The exhibitions are curated by Hans-Michael Koetzle. An accompanying book has been published by Kehrer Verlag, with texts by Alejandro Castellote, Michael Ebert, Peter Hamilton, Anton Holzer, Thomas Honickel, Hans-Michael Koetzle, Franziska Mecklenburg, Rebekka Reuter, Ulf Richter, Christoph Schaden, Emília Tavares, Enrica Viganò, Bernd Weise and Thomas Wiegand.

The works are still for sale.
Price- and worklist HERE

Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica
Ed. by Hans-Michael Koetzle
564 pages, 1,200 illustrations
Kehrer Verlag, EUR 98,-
order online here


Françoise Fontaine, Martin Sheen, 'Badlands' (Terrence Malick, 1973) © Françoise Fontaine
Jeffrey Silverthorne, Rosa with Lipstick, 1993 © Jeffrey Silverthorne
Bruce Gilden, Ohne Titel, aus dem Zyklus "GO", 2001 © Bruce Gildon 2014 / Magnum Photos
Mitch Epstein, Madison Avenue, New York City, 1973 © Mitch Epstein
Viktor Kolář, Einheimische beim Kegeln während eines Sommerwochenendes, aus der Serie "Ostrava", 1981 © Viktor Kolář
John Bulmer, Woman Hanging Washing, 1965 © John Bulmer
Jeff Mermelstein, New York City, 1992 © Jeff Mermelstein, Leica Camera AG
Tom Wood, Kirkby c. 1996 © Tom Wood
Mark Cohen, Smoking Woman, 1971 © Mark Cohen

Please find impressions of the opening here.

Gallery for Photography

Absberggasse 27, A-1100 Vienna
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