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Our Daily Bread

© Erich Hartmann / MagnumPhotos / courtesy CLAIRbyKahn

Ausstellungseröffnung mit Fotografien von Erich Hartmann, New York City

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Magnum-Fotograf Erich Hartmanns Langzeitprojekt zeigt die menschlichen Anstrengungen, die notwendig sind, um das tägliche Brot auf den Tisch zu bringen – von Landrodung über Aussaat und Ernte bis zur Ernährung von Millionen. Seit den frühen 1950er Jahren fügte er diesem Projekt Material hinzu: Landarbeiter in Israel, Mähdrescher in Nebraska, ein Müller im ländlichen Frankreich, eine Suppenküche, eine Pariser Bäckerei, ein Beduine auf dem Getreidemarkt in Beersheba, eine Schulkantine. Our Daily Bread wurde erstmals 1962 in einer großen Einzelausstellung in New York gezeigt. Der Münchner Erich Hartmann (1922–1999) floh 1938 vor den Nazis in die USA, wo er später als freier Fotograf in New York arbeitete. 1952 lud ihn Robert Capa zum Beitritt zu Magnum ein, viele Jahre gehörte er dem Direktorium an, 1985/86 war er Präsident der Agentur. Als Fotojournalist führten ihn Aufträge für Zeitungen, Magazine und Industriekunden rund um die Welt. Daneben verfolgte er zahlreiche eigene Projekte, z. B. fotografierte er in den 1990er-Jahren die ehemaligen Konzentrationslager des Dritten Reichs.

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Veranstaltungssprache: Englisch & Deutsch
In Kooperation mit ºCLAIRbyKahn Gallery Zürich

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On a photographic journey across the United States in 1954 Erich Hartmann first saw the vast Midwest grain belt stretching miles across the rising prairie. Two years later in aptly named Centralia, Kansas, he met and photographed Leonard Harden, a farmer of certified seed wheat. From these beginnings and out of his deep admiration and respect for the dignity of Leonard Harden’s devotion to his land grew Erich’s commitment to pay tribute in photographs to men and women everywhere whose daily work helps to provide all of us with our daily bread, food for the body and sustenance for the soul.

Over the years as assignments took him around the world, he was alert to the varied situations, places and people that help produce and distribute bread: land-clearing in Israel, combine harvesters in Nebraska, a miller in rural France, a Paris bakery, Beersheba Bedouin selling grain in the market, traders on the grain exchange, and everywhere people buying and eating bread.

The people who appear in these photographs were met over a period of time in different parts of the world, in varied climates and seasons, but all of them were concerned at that moment with working for, making, selling or consuming his  or her daily bread and are thus representatives of us all everywhere. Yet each of them is a real person with a life before and around the instant photographed and each gave to the photographer not only the camera’s momentary record but also a glimpse into the surrounding life. Together they celebrate the long journey of seed to food, the interdependence of all people and their need to work, to tend, to feed, to eat, to be a steward of the earth for the time we are upon it.

Born in Munich in 1922, Erich Hartmann (1922-1999) fled from the Nazis to the USA in 1938, where he later worked as a freelance photographer in New York. In 1952, Robert Capa invited him to join Magnum and he was a member of the board of directors for many years, becoming president of the agency in 1985/86. As a photojournalist, assignments for newspapers, magazines and industrial clients took him around the world. He also pursued numerous projects of his own, such as photographing the former concentration camps of the Third Reich in the 1990s.

Admission free
Event Language: English & German
A collaboration with ºCLAIRbyKahn Gallery Zürich

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Location:
Carl-Schurz-Haus, Foyer, Eisenbahnstr. 62
Begin:
Thu, Dec 07, 2023 at 19:00