“Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica Photography” exhibition coming to Madrid


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‘Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica Photography’ Unveils Newest Location

Acclaimed exhibition will open in Madrid on May 11

April 24, 2017 – Following successful showings in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Ghent and Porto, the collection of works by famous Leica photographers are preparing to arrive in Madrid, where they will take visitors on an exciting journey through time. The Espacio Fundación Telefónica will be presenting the spectacular “Eyes wide open! 100 years of Leica photography” exhibition from May 11 to September 10, 2017.

The gallery focuses on the revolutionary changes prompted by a technical innovation: the compact and easily portable “Ur-Leica.” The 35 mm camera not only brought about change and progress in the field of photography, but also triggered a significant shift in our perception of society and the world around us. Most of the images that engraved themselves into our collective consciousness from the 1920s onwards were captured with the Leica (which gets its name from “Leitz-Camera”), thus providing impressive documentation of contemporary events. From that point in time onwards, Leica has shaped and changed the way photographers see the world – and continues to do so today.

When it arrives in the Spanish capital, the unique touring exhibition will be presenting around 400 works from 100 years of Leica 35 mm photography. These include pictures by famous Leica photographers, including René Burri, Thomas Hoepker, Bruce Gilden, Christer Strömholm, Bruce Davidson, F.C. Gundlach, Fred Herzog, William Eggleston and many others. As an homage to Spanish Leica photography, the exhibition is also featuring works by Ramón Masats, Leopoldo Pomés, Ricard Terré, Juan Colom and Alberto García-Alix, as well as the famous picture titled “Falling Soldier,” captured by Robert Capa during the Spanish Civil War. The impressive photography presented in the exhibition is complemented by documentary material such as books, magazines, historic camera models and films.

The “Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica photography” exhibition in the Espacio Fundación Telefónica will be open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., from May 11, 2017 to September 10, 2017. Admission is free.

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