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Drive InBILDHALLE, Photography, Kilchberg, Switzerland
Friday March 6, 2015 - Thursday April 30, 2015 - Event ended.

With the rise of Street Photography, cars were bound to peep out on most photos taken. Still cars are photographed not only as a transportation device through the packed streets of cities or in the great outdoors emptiness but also as a traveling place of intimacy in the public space, where people talk, eat, sleep, love, as in a ever moving home.

Simone Kappeler, Cornwall, bei Montreal, 6.6.1981, 1981, 50 x 50 cm, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Simone Kappeler, Cornwall, bei Montreal, 6.6.1981, 1981, 50 x 50 cm, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Louis Stettner, On a Dutch Ferry, 1958, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Simone Kappeler, Los Angeles, 18.7.1981, 1981, 35 x 35cm, Silbergelatine-Print, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
René Burri, Men on a roof top, Sao Paulo, 1960, 40 x 50 cm, Silbergelatine-Print, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Erwitt Elliott, Wyoming, USA, 1954, 40 x 50 cm, Silbergelatine-Print, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Sam Shaw, Marilyn Monroe et Henry Miller en voiture, New York City, 1957, 33 x 50 cm, Silbergelatin-Print auf Baryt, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Simone Kappeler, Los Angeles, 18.7.1981, 1981, 120 x 180 cm, Ilfochrome color print, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Claudia Imbert, Le Garage, 2012, 40 x 50 cm, C-Print, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Nicolas Dhervillers, Untitled # 6, Road Movie, Lambdaprint, 45 x 70 cm, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
René Burri, Central Park, New York City, USA, 1967, Lambdaprint, 30 x 40 cm, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
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For photographers, cars are elements of decor, mechanical sculptures with their own modern esthetic, frames that echoes the camera’s viewfinder but also boxes where small scenes take place between people as in a moving theater. Cars ends up belonging to a cinematographic imaginary and become a subject for their own esthetic qualities of machines and the symbolic of speed, power and freedom they convey.

When Elliott Erwitt, during and after the depression era, photographed those rolling dreams with his candid sense of humor and irony, cars, especially the very large and imposing ones, were already a landmark in the American landscape. When René Burri travelled to Brazil to document the building of modern cities, one of his most stunning photographs, «Men on a roof top, Sao Paulo, 1960», is a view of the rush hour traffic on a busy street. Simone Kappeler, another Swiss photographer, drove through America in 1981, 30 years after her fellow countryman Robert Frank, and took pictures with her Hasselblad, a Polaroid and cheap toy cameras like Diana. She saw America in color, influenced by American movies and photography. Symbol of the American dream, of the rise of the middle class and of individualism through the whole XXth century, cars appear in a great amount of photographies.

Curated by Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Drive In is an exhibition about cars, showing the approach of this subject by numerous photographers, from the fifties to nowadays.

Louis Stettner, On a Dutch Ferry, 1958, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Simone Kappeler, Los Angeles, 18.7.1981, 1981, 35 x 35cm, Silbergelatine-Print, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
René Burri, Men on a roof top, Sao Paulo, 1960, 40 x 50 cm, Silbergelatine-Print, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Erwitt Elliott, Wyoming, USA, 1954, 40 x 50 cm, Silbergelatine-Print, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Sam Shaw, Marilyn Monroe et Henry Miller en voiture, New York City, 1957, 33 x 50 cm, Silbergelatin-Print auf Baryt, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Simone Kappeler, Los Angeles, 18.7.1981, 1981, 120 x 180 cm, Ilfochrome color print, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Claudia Imbert, Le Garage, 2012, 40 x 50 cm, C-Print, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Nicolas Dhervillers, Untitled # 6, Road Movie, Lambdaprint, 45 x 70 cm, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
René Burri, Central Park, New York City, USA, 1967, Lambdaprint, 30 x 40 cm, Courtesy Galerie Esther Woerdehoff

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CH-8802 Kilchberg
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T +41 (0)78 6243000
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and by appt.
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