'Black Americans, New York City' by Bruce Davidson
This month's featured exhibition is 'Everything was Moving', which is at the Barbican Art Gallery in the Barbican centre, London, from the 13 September 2012 until 13 January 2013.
'Everything was Moving: Photography in the 60s and 70s' is an exhibition consisting of photography from all over the world, taken in the 60s and 70s, and tells a history of photography through the photography of history.
It brings together over 400 works, some rarely seen, others recently discovered and many shown in the UK for the first time. It features key figures of modern photography including Bruce Davidson, William Eggleston, David Goldblatt, Graciela Iturbide, Boris Mikhailov and Shomei Tomatsu, as well as important practitioners whose lives were cut tragically short such as Ernest Cole and Raghubir Singh. Each contributor has, in different ways, advanced the aesthetic language of photography, as well as engaging with the world they inhabit in a profound and powerful way.
The exhibition is set in one of the defining periods of the modern age – a time that remains an inescapable reference point even today. The world changed dramatically in the 1960s and 1970s, shaped by the forces of post-colonialism, and Cold War neo-colonialism. This momentous epoch in history coincided with a golden age in photography: the moment when the medium flowered as a modern art form.
Kate Bush, Head of Art Galleries at the Barbican Centre, said:“I am delighted to bring together an amazing group of photographers whose striking and powerful images of the 1960s and 1970s make us look at the world again. Everything Was Moving explores a spectrum of different photographic approaches, and asks if, in the early 21st century, we are finally prepared to erase the distinction between art photography and documentary photography.”
Tickets are £10, and concessions are available. For more information, visit the Barbican website