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Rudy Burckhardt – In the Jungle of the Big City Photographs and Films 1932 – 1959 in the Fotostiftung Schweiz
The Swiss photographer Rudy Burckhardt (1914-1999) arrived in New York for the first time as a 21-year-old and immediately decided to stay. Overwhelmed by the sheer size of the metropolis, the architectural diversity and the hustle and bustle on the streets, he began to process his impressions in photographs and films. The photographs and short films he produced until the early 1950s are a combination of straightforwardness and formal strictness, contrasting perspectives, the inclusion of chance as well as lyrical concentration, all of which make up a radically modern pictorial language which was way ahead of its time then, but surprises and fascinates us all the more today. On the occasion of his 100th birthday, the Fotostiftung Schweiz is presenting the exhibition “Rudy Burckhardt – In the Jungle of the Big City”, providing an opportunity to discover anew the photographic and filmic oeuvre of that highly individual artist.
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