Women war photographers. From Lee Miller to Anja Niedringhaus

 Contrary to the widely held notion that war photography is a male preserve, there is a long history of women photographers working in war zones.

8 March – 10 June 2019

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Contrary to the widely held notion that war photography is a male preserve, there is a long history of women photographers working in war zones. Just like their male colleagues, they have documented crises worldwide and played a decisive role in shaping our image of war. As opposed to their male counterparts, women photographers often gained unrestricted access to families in their homes, of whom they took particularly emotional portraits. What is more, they worked at the front lines and took pictures of war victims that do not spare the viewer.

The exhibition presents around 140 works by eight women photographers from the past eighty years, among them Carolyn Cole (*1961), Françoise Demulder (1947–2008), Catherine Leroy (1944–2006), Susan Meiselas (*1948), Lee Miller (1907–1977), Anja Niedringhaus (1965–2014), Christine Spengler (*1945) and Gerda Taro (1910–1937). The photographers, whose subjects range from the European conflicts of the 1930s and 1940s to recent wars around the globe, employ a variety of photographic styles and strategies and tell their stories in many different ways, switching from neutral objectivity to raw directness or sympathetic engagement and empathy. They include intimate glimpses of daily life in wartime as well as evidence of shocking atrocities or illustrations of war’s absurdity and its dire consequences.

Kuratorinnen: Anne-Marie Beckmann, Felicity Korn


Anja Niedringhaus | Amerikanische Marineinfanteristen führen eine Razzia im Haus eines irakischen Abgeordneten im Stadtteil Abu Ghraib durch; Bagdad, Irak, November 2004 Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, © picture alliance/AP Images67

Catalogue                   
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue comprising 224 pages and 163 images, published by Prestel Verlag, with texts by Anne-Marie Beckmann, Ingo Borges, Melanie Grimm, Sebastian Knoll, Felicity Korn, Kristina Lemke, Brigitte Sahler and Maria Zinser.
Museum editition: 29.80 €
Retail edition: 35.00 €

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The Kunstpalast posts updates of the exhibition on social media platforms using the hashtag #FotografinnenKunstpalast

 

Françoise Demulder | Die Einnahme von Addis Abeba: ein Partisan der Revolutionären Demokratischen Front der Äthiopischen Völker; Äthiopien, 30. Mai 1991, Pigmentdruck auf Barytpapier, 42 x 29,7 cm © Succession Françoise Demulder/Roger-Viollet

Lee Miller | Befreite Gefangene durchwühlen einen Müllhaufen; Dachau, Deutschland, 1945, Silbergelatineabzug, 29,8 x 39,2 cm © Lee Miller Archives