“Kinder, wie die Zeit vergeht” is the title of a new National Library (ONB) exhibition. The photographs presented as part of the exhibit were taken between 1860 and 1975.
The creators of “Kinder, wie die Zeit vergeht” – which is currently on display at the ONB in Vienna – manage to make aware of the various roles children had to play throughout the decades. It becomes obvious that some clichés will always exist while certain things changed over the years. “Kinder, wie die Zeit vergeht” shows children in commercials, with their families and friends, on the street and after recuperation stays in Switzerland after World War Two.
Impressive images reveal how hard some kids had to work decades ago and how they were targeted by Nazi propaganda when a cake with a big swastika in its centre is handed out. Strong differences but also unexpected similarities are disclosed by the book’s thematic and chronologic structure.
In her foreword for the 200-page exhibition catalogue by Residenz Verlag, ONB director Johanna Rachinger underlines the importance of photography while Michaela Pfundner and Margot Werner, the curators of the exhibit, provide lots of detail information regarding the photos and the time in which they were taken.