New virtual exhibition in bavarikon – The Tucher family and consorts: 100 years of portrait photography

A time span of around 100 years is the period encompassed by the great collection of historical portraits of the Tucher family from Nuremberg. On the basis of selected examples from this collection, the new virtual exhibition in the cultural portal bavarikon invites you to explore the history of portrait photography and learn more about techniques and formats, such as carte de visite photography. You are also offered an insight into the family history of the former patrician family from Nuremberg in the 19th century.

© City Archive of Nuremberg/bavarikon

© City Archive of Nuremberg/bavarikon

Life in the 21st century is shaped more by images than ever before. Photographs can be taken at any time using smartphone cameras. Yet portrait photographs are omnipresent, hardly a modern subject, but almost as old as photography itself. The large collection of historical portrait photography of the Tucher family in Nuremberg, which is presented here on the basis of selected examples, spans a period of about 100 years.

About three quarters of the photographs in this collection date from the 19th century. The characteristics of photography during this period are broadly covered and examples of numerous phenomena are offered.

The formats range from visiting cards to large formats. Overpainting, retouching and the use of supporting cardboard indicate the technical aspects. If you look at the photo composition with the typical props, backdrops and poses, you can also recognise patterns in the content, although there is still scope for customisation. This diversity is the subject of the first part of the exhibition.

The second part introduces important members of the former Nuremberg patrician family, the Tuchers, in the 19th century. Aspects of the family history are picked up on and explained based on these personalities.

Furthermore, the option of viewing all the objects as a gallery offers a chance to spot the patterns in 19th-century photography with your own eyes and at the same time discover the individuality of the people depicted and their portraits.

[Source: bavarikon newsletter and bavarikon/Lisa Reinhard]

To the virtual exhibition in bavarikon