At the end of 2011, the exhibition FoMu: the collection opened. It presented an outstanding selection of works from the collections of the FotoMuseum Antwerp (FoMu), after years of relative invisibility. An entire wing of the museum building is devoted to an impressive ensemble of masterpieces, interspersed with unknown gems. FoMu has produced this publication, to document this wonderful anthology.
Making a choice from the multitude of photographic prints, negatives (some 500,000 pieces in total) and cameras (around 23,000 examples) owned by the museum was no mean feat. In the space of fifty years, FoMu has assembled a collection of international importance. Virtually all camera types and technical innovations are represented. The collection of photographs has also greatly expanded and diversified.
The presentation of the collection is thematic rather than strictly chronological, and takes 'the eye of the photographer' as a starting point. This book mirrors the exhibition and presents four possible photographic visions: the objectifying versus the subjective gaze, and the public versus the private. Each of the four photographic gazes is extensively illustrated with both photographic images and cameras. All those who read the images closely will immediately see how rich and layered the medium of photography is.
This book constitutes the first in what will become a series of publications about the FoMu collection - a collection that is so large and diverse that a single catalogue cannot possibly suffice.
Text in English & Dutch.
- A new, thematically ordered history of photography, illustrated with photos of the FoMu in Antwerp
- The Eye of the Photographer illustrates how photographers work. Photography can be objective or subjective, public or private; four different interpretations of reality
- FoMu is one of the most important photography museums in Europe
- With works by Eduard Baldus, Francis Frith, Edward Muybridge, August Sander, Stephen Shore, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, William Klein, Claude Cahun, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Irving Penn, Weegee, Robert Doisneau and others