Howard Greenberg and Tod Browning Photography Exhibitions

The Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne currently has two great photography exhibitions!

Howard Greenberg Collection:

Howard Greenberg has been a gallery owner for thirty years, and he is considered one of the pillars of the New York photography scene. While his role as a dealer is well-established, less is known about his own passion for collecting…until now!

Over the past 30 years, Greenberg has been slowly building his collection of over 500 photographs. He is known for selecting prints of the highest quality, and the 120 selected works in this exhibition, do not disappoint! This is the first time that these works have ever been exhibited, and it gives the viewer insight into the varied interests of Mr. Greenberg. There are pieces from the Czech Photography School, pieces that show the modern-aesthetics approach of the 20s and 30s (with works by Edward Steichen, Edward Weston), and pieces that focus on more Contemporary photographers, such as Minor White, Harry Callahan and Robert Frank.

Humanist photography is also well-represented in his photography, and the collection includes photographers like Lewis Hine and David Seymour, amongst others. An important section of prints are dedicated to the Great Depression era of the 30s, with photographers such as Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange.

One stand-out section of Mr. Greenberg’s collection is the section that highlights New York’s influence on the history of 20th century photography: architecture and urban life, realism, crime, death, racism and discrimination are common themes that are found in the images of Berenice Abbott, Weegee, Leon Levinstein, and Lee Friedlander. These are some very powerful works, and are definitely worth a trip to Lausanne if you’re interested in photography. Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, September 21, 2012 until January 6, 2013.

Here are some of the Artists exhibited in Mr. Greenberg’s collection:

Berenice Abbott, Eddie Adams, Robert Adams, Pal Funk Paul Angelo, Diane Arbus, Lillian Bassman, Werner Bischof, Margaret Bourke-White, Bill Brandt, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Claude Cahun, Harry Callahan, Paul Caponigro, Ted Croner, Bruce Davidson, Roy DeCarava, Frantisek Drtikol, Harold E. Edgerton, Walker Evans, Louis Faurer, Robert Frank, Leonard Freed, Lee Friedlander, Jaromir Funke, Frank Gohlke, Sid Grossman, Dave Heath, Lewis Hine, Raymond Jacobs, Consuelo Kanaga, André Kertesz, Yevgeny Khaldey, Imre Kinszki, William Klein, Josef Koudelka, Dorothea Lange, Jan Lauschmann, Russel Lee, Saul Leiter, Leon Levinstein, Sol Libsohn, Jerome Liebling, Helen Levitt, Sally Mann, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Ray K. Metzker, Hansel Mieth, Gjon Mili, Lisette Model, Charles Moore, Martin Munkácsi, Ruth Orkin, Gordon Parks, Irving Penn, Marion Post-Wolcott, Marc Riboud, Jacob Riis, Alexander Rodchenko, Milton Rogovin, Jaroslav Rossler, Arthur Rothstein, Peter Sekaer, David Seymour dit « Chim », Ben Shahn, Aaron Siskind, William Eugene Smith, Frederick Sommer, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Karl Struss, Jindrich Styrsky, Josef Sudek, John Vanderpant, Roman Vishniac, Weegee, Dan Weiner, Brett Weston, Edward Weston, Minor White, Garry Winogrand, Hamilton Wright.

Freaks, The Monstrous Parade:

American director, Tod Browning (1880-1962), is particularly known for his attraction of the “unusual.” Freaks, his cult movie shot in 1932, was inspired by a short story written by Clarence Aaron “Tod” Robbins. The film is set in a circus, and the performers are disabled actors. Not unsurprisingly, the film created a large amount of controversy when it was released. Freaks was soon censored, reedited, shortened, removed from some theaters and, in extreme cases, was even forbidden is some countries. By the 1960s, however, the mood changed and the film was acclaimed at the Cannes Film Festival, and even became inspiration for artists Diane Arbus and David Lynch."Cleopatra followed by the freaks", Freaks, 1932. Courtesy Collection Praloran, Zurich

Still arousing interest today, Enrico Praloran’s has put together a collection of 50 photographs that range from publicity stills for Freaks, to vintage images from the set of the film, during its production. Despite the controversy that surrounds the film, the photographs are extremely touching, and powerful since they are the original black-and-white silver prints from 1932. The exhibition is particularly inspiring because of Mr. Browning’s boldness in producing such a controversial film in his era. Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, September 21, 2012 until January 6, 2013.


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