Selection and Censorship in Photojournalism
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
– 25 November 2018
The exhibition “Delete” covers the cycle of newspaper images from production processes to selection, printing, and censorship. The exhibition’s particular focus is on images that have not been printed, but have nevertheless caused a stir or are considered to be of high aesthetic value.
Four reports from 1968 to 1983 will be on display, including 60 news photographs and four photo spreads from the magazines Kristall, Playboy, Stern and Der Bote für die evangelische Frau [Messenger for the Protestant Woman]. In addition, there is also a screening of four filmed interviews created especially for the exhibition, with photographers talking about their work.
The MKG considers it vital to not only showcase pictures that have successfully made it to print, but also those that haven’t, but still tell stories. With this aim in mind, photographers have made available photographs using their own funds. These photos call on the viewer to consider the criteria used to evaluate an image and decide when it can be printed and what it is that it needs to portray in order to be successful. What freedoms do journalists and photographers have and how much of their influence are they willing to submit to editorial offices? What obstacles do the journalists have to overcome, are they subject to economic pressures? Does the need to achieve the highest possible quotas stand in the way of the importance of aesthetics and the characteristics of being a medium of information? The spotlight is also on the political context imprinted in the pictures. In choosing what should be shown and seen, we are also making choices about what should be remembered and what should be forgotten.
The exhibition highlights the criteria that are ultimately decisive for the selection of images and the role played in this process by ethics, morality, and privacy. “Delete” is part of the 7th Triennial of Photography Hamburg under the slogan “Breaking Point”. The show runs from June to September 2018.