Exhibitions, United Kingdom, 11 August 2012 - 15 August 2012
An exhibition of documentary photography.
The Photographic Angle presents an exhibition devoted to documentary photography.
Earlier this year we put a call out for photographers who use the camera as a tool for documenting the natural, social and political landscapes of our times.
The response has been incredible, and we had the difficult task of selecting the photo-stories that would become part of the ‘Our Stories’ exhibition.
The twenty photographers in this exhibition show a vast cross-section of the topics to which the practice of documentary photographic is being applied to today. The photographers, all at different stages in their careers, come from around the world, and some travel yet further afield still, to document the stories they wish to tell. Vanessa Terán from Ecuador travelled to the Shimba Hills in Kenya to work in an orphanage and her photo-essay shows the lives of the children she came to know personally there. David Shaw, attended the annual olive harvest in Palestine, documenting a group of people at work on a land in conflict,
and Claire Homewood, based in South Africa, travelled through her home country to the Transkei where family friends were carrying out a Xhosa burial ritual.
Photography has always held a complex and inseparable relationship with the ‘real’ exterior world. When we look at a photograph we cannot escape the deeprooted belief that we are looking at a true record of the visual world around us; photographs stake their claim on objectivity. Yet every position that is taken gives a unique perspective, every frame separates a moment from time, and every composition selects what will be seen in the photograph and what will be left out. These photographic series can only ever offer a glimpse of the events that they attempt to capture. There is much left unsaid, and much that is relative to the perspectives of the subjects themselves.
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