Exhibition: Lessing Presents Lessing
September 11, 2015
by Erich Lessing
LESSING PRESENTS LESSING.
Shown as part of the exhibition:
ERICH LESSING. ANDREW MEZVINSKY. THE JEWISH MUSEUM VIENNA ON 52ND STREET.
The pictures by the Austrian photographer Erich Lessing are world famous. Lessing's family was persecuted and deported from Vienna. He himself managed to flee to Palestine and was able to make a career of the hobby of his youth. He started working as a photographer, and after his return to Austria he became a photo reporter for Associated Press in 1947, member of Magnum Photos and, in 1956, the chronicler of the Hungarian Uprising. His pictures of the Israeli countryside, taken over many years, evoke the scenery of the Bible. Hannah Lessing, the photographer's daughter and Secretary General of the Austrian National Fund, has put together a highly personal selection of her father’s photos for this exhibition which shows the fascinating variety of Erich Lessing’s oeuvre. It includes not only his historical photos and the magnificent Israeli landscapes, but also a historical retrospective of life in post-war Europe. LESSING PRESENTS LESSING provides a private insight into the work of the great Austrian photographer, from his political documentary photographs to the 'girls of the sixties'.
The opening reception for ERICH LESSING. ANDREW MEZVINSKY. THE JEWISH MUSEUM VIENNA ON 52ND STREET will take place on September 29 from 6 - 8 pm. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events including film screenings and panel discussions.
Curated by Hannah Lessing and Danielle Spera.
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