Israel Museum hosts photography exhibition

4th Jul 2013

A new exhibition in Israel is showcasing the work of nearly 100 photographers to explore how their standing as immigrants affected their work.

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem is displaying more than 220 black and white images from 20th-century names including Robert Frank, Bill Brandt, Man Ray, Tina Modotti and Weegee.

"Black and white are the colours of photography," Frank once famously said. "To me they symbolise the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected."

The exhibition, which will attract tourists on tailor-made tours, runs until October 5 and is entitled Displaced Visions: Emigre Photographers of the 20th Century, documents the photpgraphers' personal outlooks on their new homes.

The featured artists uprooted themselves, often out of necessity, and were faced with the task of adapting to unknown places they hoped to make their home.

With their cameras in tow, they captured the unfamiliar through avant-garde art, exploring new territories and peoples.

The snapshots of their lives tend to show the perspective of an outsider preoccupied with framing his or her new environments. From Ellen Auerbach's bird's-eye view prints to Germaine Krull's surreal street-side vignettes, the collection gives an intriguing insight into the photographic history of places such as Paris and New York.

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