A Hard, Merciless Light: The Worker-Photography Movement, 1926-1939 at Reina Sofia Museum

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MADRID.- Museo Reina Sofía presents A Hard, Merciless Light. The Worker-Photography Movement, 1926-1939 and runs from April 6 through August 22, 2011. A Hard, Merciless Light. The Worker-Photography Movement, 1926-1939 examines the period during the history of 20th century photography in which photography joined forces with various worker movements (ranging from trade unionism to the creation of “workers’ states” like the Soviet one), motivated by growing working-class consciousness and the idea of taking over the means of production and reproduction of images. By looking at the artistic avant-garde in its interconnection with the political avant-garde, this exhibition challenges hegemonic historiography that focuses primarily on other movements arising in the history of photography, such as the New Vision. The exhibition