HILDE ROTH. A time travel through Darmstadt 1950 – 1990

May 29 to October 3, 2021, in public space

Teaser of the exhibition by Torsten Bruns (duration: 00:28)

With »HILDE ROTH. A time travel through Darmstadt 1950 – 1990«the Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt is dedicating an exhibition to the photographer and post-war reporter Hilde Roth (1927 – 2019) for the first time. It is thus continuing its successful series of exhibitions in the urban outdoor space, which began with »HOME SWEET HOME« at the 11. Darmstadt Photography Days in autumn 2020. The photographic work of Hilde Roth is presented on central places in the city. The exhibition shows around 120 black and white photographs on large-format picture cubes and weatherproof presentations as well as 800 works on monitors. A richly illustrated catalog appears.

The exhibition is a partner project of the international photography triennial RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain.

Another cooperation across Rhine-Main with the RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain will be HILDE ROTH from summer 2021. The exhibition puts a special Darmstadt personality in the focus of an exhibition: the photographer and post-war reporter Hilde Roth (1927 – 2019) was a tireless documentarist and committed social observer. From around 1950 to 2000 she worked as an editorial photographer for the two major Darmstadt newspapers – Tagblatt and Echo.

Never photograph something that you don't care about. (Lisette Model)

This quote by the American photographer Lisette Model applies in particular to Hilde Roth (*1927 DE, †2019 DE), whose photographs are characterized by an alert, unpretentious look. From 1950 to 2000 she worked as a photo journalist for the Darmstädter Tagblatt and Darmstädter Echo. Her photographs exemplify the attitude towards life of an entire epoch and show the social change since the post-war period.

Her photo archive, which completely documented the development of Darmstadt from 1950 onwards, was completely taken over by the TU Darmstadt and will become the property of the city archive after the exhibition. With many contemporary testimonies — initially photographed for the daily press — an exhibition is created that tells in pictures half a century of eventful post-war times of a city and its surroundings and the unusual biography of a woman.

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