Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna

From March 04, 2010 to June 20, 2010

© Kunst Haus Wien

Controversies - The Law, Ethics and Photography


Within the framework of the exhibition’s international tour, this presentation at Kunst Haus Wien is the first in the German-speaking region.

Since its invention in 1839, photography has provoked numerous controversies and sensational trials. The photographic image has been at the centre of important ethical debates and legal questions throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. As a symbol of free expression and the rights of individuals, but also of power and money, it has frequently come into conflict with authority and has had to face censorship and manipulation. It has provoked impassioned debates in the worlds of art, science, politics, journalism, fashion and advertising that have often ended in court. Most major photographers have been drawn into legal proceedings or controversies that have had important repercussions on their careers.

The Musée de l’Elysée has brought together a wide range of photographs from the beginnings of photography to the present day, which have been the focus of controversy or legal proceedings.

See the exhibition tour.