Following on the first post that suggested a couple photographic exhibitions in the West End back in April, there is now a good reason (even two!) to plan a trip to South Kensington this summer:
Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis
The highly-acclaimed exhibition of this Brazilian photographer is on show at the National History Museum. Monumental in its scope, the long-term project draws a complex portrait of the planet Earth today. Each chapter is developed-enough to stand on its own, so you can’t help, but admire the skill and dedication that went into the production of Genesis. The breathtaking imagery evokes the childish feeling of fear and fascination of being confronted with something infinitely larger than yourself. We experience it in nature with its calm majesty, or when looking at a piece of art that speaks to us… or, like in the case of Genesis, when the two come together and the result is infinitely bigger than the sum of two.
Making it Up: Photographic Fiction
A little-known (even by the gallery staff) photographic exhibition is on display an the V&A. The ‘bite-size’ show is well curated and presents a real diversity of photographic fiction, spanning across the history of the medium, from the early photographers like Julia Margaret Cameron and Clementina Lady Hawarden to contemporary practitioners like Cindy Sherman and Gregory Crewdson. It explores a range of storytelling techniques from constructed narratives to darkroom and digital manipulation and is both informative, inspiring – certainly worth an hour of your time!