Thursday, February 07, 2008

Street and Studio

More on the Art front!

I really have to get on the train to London when this exhibition opens in a few months. Street and Studio: An Urban History of Photography Opens on May 22nd till 31st August at the Tate Modern, even though the 22nd is right in the middle of the exam period (oh, no the dreaded finals!) at least it's on till August so i can always see it after exams or after various holidays. It focuses on the contrast between studio taken photographs to the ones taken in the street which are often unpredicatble and uncontrolled. The exhibition hopes to show the influence that these two types of photography can have on each other. Perhaps in the future we will see the likes of street fashion photographers like facehunter enter such halls of fame?

Diane Arbus, Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, 1962 Source

There will be over 350 amazing photographs taken from the mid twentieth century to the present day. Among the artists are my favourites including Cindy Sherman who portrayed herself as different characters and stereotypes of the female figure in the 70's in her Untitled film stills series. Diane Arbus who photographed quite frightening and haunting photographs of children, women, transvestities, mentally handicapped and anyone whom she spotted a kind of monstrous quality. Cecil Beaton is also present and who is famous for his studio photographs of the Queen and silver screen film stars. A very familiar name includes Wolfgang Tillmans whose taken photographs from still life, landscape and portraiture as well as featuring often in fashion magazines like Vogue.
It's still a while to go, but i will definitely be noting this one in my diary!
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  1. Lucky you! (NB: London always has the best exhibitions.)

    Some of my favorite, non-fashion photogs are Arbus, Weejee, and Lange. And then there's Beaton, who essentially photographed the same thing, but in a different class. Quite often his subjects were steeped in a moneyed tragedy every bit as telling as the grotesques of Sherman.

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