„The Family of Man“ im Schloss Clervaux/Luxemburg am 21. Oktober 2023

  © CNA, Romain Girtgen

It's been a long time since we offered a field trip - now it's finally time: the Photoscene invites you to a joint excursion to one of the most discussed, quoted, loved and criticized exhibitions in the world - The Family of Man!

  • When: October 21, 2023, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Meeting point: 9:45 a.m. at Ehrenfeldgürtel 114, 50823 Cologne, Germany
  • Departure Cologne: 10 am
  • Return to Cologne around 8 p.m.
  • Cost bus ride, entrance fee and guided tour: 50€ incl. VAT.
  • Limited number of places
  • Registration until October 1, 2023 to damian.zimmermann@photoszene.de

Organized by Damian Zimmermann.

The exhibition "The Family of Man" is considered the most visited and longest running photography exhibition in the world. Conceived and curated by none other than Edward Steichen for the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1955, Steichen wanted the exhibition to show the aspects that connect people around the world and in all cultures, rather than always depicting what divides and conflicts them.

After the exhibition at MoMA, ten versions of "The Family of Man" traveled around the world and were shown in 150 museums. 10 million visitors have seen the 503 photographs. Since 1994, "The Family of Man" has been on permanent display at Clervaux Castle in northern Luxembourg, and in 2003 it was named a World Heritage Site. In addition, the two Golden Records on the Voyager space probes carry some of the images from the exhibition.

The exhibition features works by 273 photographers from 68 countries - including images by Elliott Erwitt, Eve Arnold, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour, Ernst Haas, Werner Bischof, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, W. Eugene Smith, Andreas Feininger, August Sander, Dorothea Lange, Garry Winogrand, Herbert List, Robert Frank, Irving Penn, Ed van der Elsken, Robert Doisneau and Sabine Weiss.

“There is only one man in the world

and his name is All Men.

There is only one woman in the world

and her name is All Women.

There is only one child in the world

and the child’s name is All Children.

A camera testament, a drama of the grand canyon of humanity, an epic woven of fun, mystery and holiness – here is the Family of Man!”

From the Prologue of Carl Sandburg