The exhibition ‘Eyes wide open! 100 years of Leica photography’ is now visiting Porto, a city with a rich cultural heritage
Following its enormous success in Germany, Austria and Belgium, the spectacular exhibition ‘Eyes wide open! 100 years of Leica photography’ is now visiting Portugal on the next stop of its tour and can be seen in the Galeria Municipal do Porto from 1 December to 5 February 2017.
More than 380 original prints are being shown in Galeria Municipal do Porto. Photographs by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Nick Út, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Lebeck, Julia Baier and François Fontaine document significant moments in the history of art and culture from 1914 to the present day. As an homage to Portuguese Leica photography, works by Victor Palla, Gérard Castello-Lopes and Jorge Guerra will be shown exclusively at this exhibition.
The exhibition showcases significant moments of the past century in a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leica photography. The exhibition focuses on the revolutionary changes prompted by a technical innovation, the compact and easily portable ‘Ur-Leica’. The 35 mm camera not only brought about change and progress in the field of photography, but also initiated a considerable social transformation. Most of the images that engraved themselves into our collective consciousness from the 1920s onwards were shot with the Leica (‘Leitz Camera’), thus providing impressive documentation of contemporary events. From that point in time onwards, Leica has shaped and changed the way photographers see the world – and continues to do so today.
The curator responsible for the exhibition is Hans-Michael Koetzle, one of Germany’s most renowned photography publicists and curators.
‘Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica Photography’ is on display from December 1st to February 5th 2017.
Galeria Municipal do Porto
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
Rua de D. Manuel II