A travelling exhibition showcasing stunning photography captured in turbulent times is currently underway. The Southbank Centre’s “Collated Shadows: The Archive of Modern Conflict” is a Haywood touring exhibition that opened in Void, Derry in August 2017, and will then travel to Stills: Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, The Edge gallery at the University of Bath, and then onto Peninsula Arts at Plymouth University.
A photo exhibition from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC), "Collected Shadows" offers a rare glimpse into the AMC’s extraordinary holdings of more than eight million images. The show marks a debut exhibition of these pictures in the UK. Established 25 years ago as an archive of vernacular photographs and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars, the AMC has, since the early 1990s, expanded to encompass a plethora of subject matter into its collection.
The exhibit, curated by Timothy Prus the Director of the Archive of Modern Conflict, displays a selection of 200 photographs including works by renowned photographers Robert Frank, Brassai, Bert Hardy, Marketa Luskacova, Bertha Jacques, Eugène Atget, and Walker Evans. A large collection of photographs by unknown and amateur artists are also on display.
"Collected Shadows" displays a great variety of photographic techniques spanning from the 1850s to the present day. These include early albumen prints and cyanotypes to silver gelatin prints and polaroids. The selection also includes press images of major historical events such as aerial photographs of war and an atomic bomb trial in Tahiti in 1970; astronomical images such as Victorian studies of the surface of the moon and early-twentieth-century photographs of comets; early ethnographic images; film stills; and personal snapshots. The exhibition, through unexpected juxtapositions and associations across time periods, geographies, and techniques, delves on themes of the earth, fire, air, and water, whilst complimented by the subjects of divinity, astrology, and flight.
"Collected Shadows: The Archive of Modern Conflict" will be on view from February 2 to April 8, 2018 at Stills: Centre for Photography, 23 Cockburn St, Edinburgh. The exhibition will be on view at The Edge, the University of Bath from April 20 to June 16, 2018 and at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University from July, 2018 to September 1, 2018.
For details, visit: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.