This exhibition features a selection of magazines acquired on the occasion of the exhibition A Hard, Merciless Light. The Worker-Photography Movement, 1926-1939. The magazines show the link between documentary expression and working-class consciousness, exploring the importance of images in the founding of a new political and social ideal and suggesting that the struggle for power begins with the struggle for representation.
This exhibition features the magazines that were most relevant to worker-photography, and thus sets the stage for an analysis of the relationship between documentary expression and working-class awareness in the period between the wars. It includes a selection of magazines acquired for the exhibition A hard, merciless light. The worker-photography movement, 1926-1939 and is divided into the following sections: From worker photography to proletarian-photography in the Soviet Union;
The exhibition shows how the proletarian photographic document has its formal origin in the call made by the German Communist magazine AIZ (Arbeiter Illustrierte Zeitung or Worker's Pictorial Newspaper) in March 1926, for contributions by amateur photographers. The movement had structural links with the propagandistic strategy that arose out of the Third Congress of the Communist International in 1921, with the magazine Sovetskoe foto - the publication of the Union of Russian Proletarian Photographers (ROPF) - starting in 1926 and also with the organised amateur movement. The worker-photography experience in the
By that time, however, the ramifications of the movement had become broad and complex. Since 1929 groups of worker-photographers had been created in
With the Communist International's strategic shift in 1935 - to counteract the rise of fascism - and with the birth of the Popular Front in