An Alternative History of Photography

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The Photographers’ Gallery, London // October 07, 2022 – February 19, 2023

Annegret Soltau: Self, 1975Annegret Soltau: Self, 1975

Jerry Uelsmann: Untitled, 1964Jerry Uelsmann: Untitled, 1964

Michael Kameni: Double Portrait, 1966Michael Kameni: Double Portrait, 1966

Stefan Korwin: Basil, 1920sStefan Korwin: Basil, 1920s

Johann Ludwig Belitski: Untitled (Glassware) 1854Johann Ludwig Belitski: Untitled (Glassware) 1854

Lee Lim: Burden of Livelihood, c1955Lee Lim: Burden of Livelihood, c1955

Paul Strand: Driftwood, Gaspé, Quebec, 1929Paul Strand: Driftwood, Gaspé, Quebec, 1929

Hippolyte Bayard: Georgina Benoist, c1845Hippolyte Bayard: Georgina Benoist, c1845

Lee Friedlander: Miles Davis 1969Lee Friedlander: Miles Davis 1969

Valie Export: Expectation 1976Valie Export: Expectation 1976

Julia Margaret Cameron: My Grandchild Archie, 1865Julia Margaret Cameron: My Grandchild Archie, 1865

Ram Chand: Two Men and Mirror Portrait, 1970sRam Chand: Two Men and Mirror Portrait, 1970s

Max Dupain: Sightseers on a Bus, 1956Max Dupain: Sightseers on a Bus, 1956

Charles Aubry: Peonies, 1864Charles Aubry: Peonies, 1864

The history of photography is often told as a chain of relationships connecting one great maker to the next. However, the real history is much more complicated: it is a vast web of interconnected stories stretching from East Asia to West Africa, and from New Zealand to Uzbekistan, and a complex interchange of fine art, scientific, anthropological, documentary and amateur traditions

With over 130 works from the Solander Collection, An Alternative History of Photography at The Photographers’ Gallery invites you to look again at well-known works and new discoveries by major artists, alongside forgotten greats, regional champions and unknown artists. Unexpected images by legendary figures including Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Man Ray and Edward Weston, are paired with work by Helen Stuart and John Lindt, early, self-trained practitioner Lady Augusta Mostyn, and African studio photographers Sanlé Sory, Michel Kameni and Malick Sidibé.

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