Exhibition ‘Portrait of an Era’

About photography and daily life around the year 1900 in Westphalia and the Achterhoek

28 November 2015 – 3 April 2016

Tijdsbeeld-ZeitenwendeThe exhibition ‘Zeitgeist-Zeitenwende’ (Portrait of an Era) presents a selection of some 40 photographs, including portraits, motifs from the life in the countryside as well as photos of buildings. The images illustrate there are parallels between the transition from old to new in Westphalia and the Achterhoek area when the advent of the modern era coincided with the disappearance of old traditions.

The industrial revolution and its paired changes in the second half of the 19th century ushered in the beginning of a new era. Over more than 100 years, four generations of photo studio Jäger, founded in 1884, made pictures of their immediate surroundings. The photos show how the area changed to a modern society. It gives a good overview of the development of photography as well as daily life of the villagers and rural Westphalia.

Photos from this period are extremely rare, according to the curator Volker Jacob. The more special is it that Landschaftsverband für Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) received more than 2,000 glass negatives of the photo studio Jäger (Kreis Gütersloh) in their possession. The most important images are presented under the title ‘Tijdsbeeld-Zeitenwende’. This exhibition also offers a unique opportunity to compare local and national aspects of the history of photography of Westphalia with those of the Achterhoek. To what extent are there differences or similarities with everyday life and the developments in photography from the Achterhoek?

‘Tijdsbeeld-Zeitenwende’ is an exhibition of the Westphalia Media Centre of the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL), in cooperation with the LWL museum office Westphalia. With additions from everyday life at the turn of the century in the Achterhoek, from the collection of the Nationaal Onderduikmuseum in Aalten.

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