Zeitgeist Becomes Form, an exhibition of German fashion photography at the Australian Centre for Photography, is a chance to witness the effects of social change through the lens, writes Anna Hager.
Zeitgeist Becomes Form is a new exhibition brought to you by the Australian Centre for Photography in conjunction with the Goethe Institute, showing an amazing collection of German fashion photography right here in Australia.
The exhibition, which takes you on a fashionable journey through five decades of German Fashion photography between 1945 and 1995, depicts much more than just trends and changes in taste throughout recent history.
At any given time, fashion photography has the ability to identify body languages, feelings, moods and sentiments of a certain period in time.
What models wear portrays much more than mere taste and a desire to look beautiful. Fashion is, and always has been, bound by underlying political and social rules and sometimes even constraints.
The exhibition, which takes you on a fashionable journey through five decades of German Fashion photography between 1945 and 1995, therefore depicts much more than just trends and changes in taste throughout recent history. You are bound to witness a reflection of transformations in society and cultural identity, as well as getting an insight into the Zeitgeist of the certain significant historical periods this exhibition encompasses.
On display there will be 188 photographs, selected by curator F C Gundlach from across 39 photographers. The artists range from Helmut Newton, who was one of the most sought-after fashion and advertising photographers of his day, to Regi Relang, Rico Puhlmann, Wolfgang Tillmans and Olaf Martens.
Additionally, fashion pictures of prominent Australian photographers will also be a part of the exhibition. For those of you wanting more detailed information, the Australian Centre for Photography will also hold a floor talk on the exhibition on July 24, 2010.
Details // Zeitgeist Becomes Form exhibition
Where // 257 Oxford Street Paddington, Australian Centre for Photography, Gallery 1 & 2
When // From July 23 – August 28
Cost // Admission is free
Contact // www.acp.org.au