SNAP. Documentary and portrait photography from the collection

17 February 2017–3 September 2017

Museum of Contemporary Art

Does documentary photography show a true picture of the world? Do portrait photographs capture a person’s identity? Today pictures are shared in vast numbers on social media. This exhibition explores how photography has pictured people from the 19th century to the present.

The exhibition sheds light on three key periods in the documentary genre: 1880s social documentary, 1960s street photography, and 1990s everyday documentary.

In the portrait genre, “Snap” shows contemporary photography from the 1990s through to 2016. The exhibition explores how identity and political standpoints are conveyed and how portrait and documentary photography interweave to create new narratives about the times in which we live. 

“Snap” presents more than 100 photographs – both from the collection and loaned in for the occasion – by thirty acclaimed Norwegian and international photographers.

Artists from the collection

Dag Alveng, Signe Marie Andersen, Rosella Biscotti, Sophie Calle, Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Annika von Hausswolf, Arild Kristo, Per Maning, Mikkel McAlinden, Torfinn Michaelsen, Esko Männikkö, Wilhelm Piro, Robert A. Robinson, Thomas Ruff, Torbjørn Rødland, Tom Sandberg, Fin Serck-Hanssen, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Christer Strömholm, Vibeke Tandberg, Mette Tronvoll, Garry Winogrand and Dan Young.

On loan

Jacob A. Riis, Lewis Hine (Preus Museum), Rineke Dijkstra (Jan Mot, Brussels), Tacita Dean (Frith Street Gallery, London), Jon Benjamin Tallerås and Verena Winkelmann.

Research project

Exhibition and peer reviewed catalogue text by the exhibition curator, Eva Klerck Gange. The catalogue includes a text by Hege Oulie, Preus Museum.

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Press contact: Elise Lund

Exhibition curator: Eva Klerck Gange

Educational curator: Anita Rebolledo

Project director: Lita Ellingsen


See the audience's own snaps from the exhibition:
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