Private Photography

The exhibition FOTO | ALBUM in the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin shows private and anonymous photography from the vast collection of the museum. Do not miss it – it is great fun and runs till February 26th, 2018. Poster and exhibition graphics by Rose Apple. 

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge / Photo: Armin Herrmann

FOTO | ALBUM examines narrative structures and social functions of photo albums, as well as their aesthetic conventions.

One section shows photos that have been turned into objects. The desire to make photos tangible resonates with a generation that grew up with digital photography. 

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge / Photo: Armin Herrmann

Centrepiece of the exhibition is the fascinating photo wall of „visual conventions“.

A labour of love by curator Sophie Schulz, the wall shows clusters of photos around typical subjects, such as „on the waterfront“ or „with dog“, „with flowers“, „with thing“.

Keywords are printed as black and white photographs and held by little magnets, just like the exhibits.

In workshops I gave in the Museum for the Marcel-Breuer-School Berlin, students took up the challenge of taking photos and creating an analogue photo album in just 5 hours. Creating layouts by cutting and pasting, they did a great job!

All photo albums by students will be posted via the Museum’s Instagram Channel.

All images by Rose Apple, unless otherwise credited
Private and anonymous photography from the collection of Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge
20.10.17 – 26.02.18
Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge
Oranienstr. 25
10999 Berlin