Exhibition at Fotomuseum Winterthur Looks at Photographs of Labor from Its Collection


ZURICH.- We each relate to work in our own personal way. We may be employed or self employed; we may have just entered the workforce and have specific goals or we may be enjoying well-earned retirement. Working to earn a living is a salient feature of bourgeois society. It defines social status and belonging, while unemployment and not working bears the menace of being ostracized. From its earliest beginnings, photography has captured how, where and under what conditions people work – not only by in-house photographers, adhering to the perspective and specifications of the management but also by freelance photographers with an open-ended, unfiltered approach to places of production and trade. The exhibition,Arbeit/Labour, on view until 8 May 2011 at the Fotomuseum Winterthur (Gallery of Collections), builds visual and thematic bridges, from the continuing transformation of physical labour in the photographs of Jakob Tug