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Zeitgeist Becomes Form: German Fashion Photography 1945–1995

23 July – 28 August 2010


Both photography and fashion are viewed as manifestations of the Zeitgeist; the spirit of the times. They both have the power to reflect back at us not only who we are, but who we want to be.

This exhibition reflects not only developments in fashion, but also the way German society has perceived itself, and sought to be perceived, in the past 50 years. It spans the longing for a more innocent history in the post-war period, to the erotic tensions of photographers like Helmut Newton in the 1970’s and 80’s, to the technological and social transformations of more recent years.

An exhibition of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. / Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations. Presented in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Australien.