The snapshot – a spontaneous capturing of a banal moment, minimally directed and with little regard for artistic or journalistic convention, full of red-eyes, severed heads, leaky shutters and drugstore hyper-saturation – forms a fundamental part of the photographic production throughout the 20th Century and today proliferates globally on social media. The exhibition tells the history of the snapshot aesthetic as a story of the provocative intimacy of a diary, the poetry of everyday life and the fast and catchy undercurrent of the street, periodically revitalizing rigid artistic and commercial practice with the primitive force of an unpremeditated gesture. Absurdity of the trivial, sex, parties, adolescent injuries, naivety, night swimming, intense feelings of now, houseplants, life in the media and through the media: the snapshot is the rock 'n’ roll of photography.
The exhibition features more than 200 works by, among others, Nobuyoshi Araki, Tim Barber, Richard Billingham, Mike Brodie, William Christenberry, Larry Clark, Barbara Crane, Bill Dane, Corinne Day, William Eggleston, JH Engström, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Luigi Ghirri, Nan Goldin, Jacob Holdt, Jerry Hsu, William Klein, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Ari Marcopoulos, Ryan McGinley, Joel Meyerowitz, Slava Mogutin, Daido Moriyama, Mark Morrisroe, Ed Panar, Tod Papageorge, Walter Pfeiffer, Jack Pierson, Stephen Shore, Dash Snow, Joel Sternfeld, Gus Van Sant, Jürgen Teller, Andy Warhol, Henry Wessel or Garry Winogrand.
The exhibition is curated by Michal Nanoru, who is also the author of a fully illustrated catalogue published by Galerie Rudolfinum.