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Preview – Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, Tate Modern, UK

In Art Museum, Article, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on May 31, 2010 at 6:28 pm

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Weegee, “Palace Theater”

A major exhibit in London at the Tate Modern, now through October 3, with over 250 works addressing the classic theme for photography: Voyeurism.

Exposed offers a fascinating look at pictures made on the sly, without the explicit permission of the people depicted. With photographs from the late nineteenth century to present day, the pictures present a shocking, illuminating and witty perspective on iconic and taboo subjects.

Beginning with the idea of the ‘unseen photographer’, Exposed presents 250 works by celebrated artists and photographers including Brassaï’s erotic Secret Paris of the 1930s images; Weegee’s iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe; and Nick Ut’s reportage image of children escaping napalm attacks in the Vietnam War. Sex and celebrity is an important part of the exhibition, presenting photographs of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Paris Hilton on her way to prison and the assassination of JFK. Other renowned photographers represented in the show include Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Lee Miller, Helmut Newton and Man Ray.

For more information: Tate Modern

For an excellent review: FT ARTS

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