Thursday, 4 December 2014

Conflict, Time, Photography - Tate Modern

Sophie Ristelhueber, Fait, 1992
Conflict, Time, Photography is at Tate Modern until 15 March 2015.
Tate Modern's exhibition of conflict photography takes an original approach to its organisation: pictures are ordered according to how long after the events they record they were made - seconds, weeks, months decades. It is also interesting to see the art museum enbracing straight documentary images and photojournalism alongside more self-consciously 'art' photography. Although, as Laura Cumming  points out in her review, apart from Don McCullin, photojournalism is underepresented and thereby the curators miss the opportunity to tell a more vivid and human story. (Cumming is also summarily dismissive of Sophie Ristelhueber's 'banal' prints - which I think look rather interesting.) There are, nevertheless, many fascinating images, including, for example, Shomei Tomatsu's photographs of relics from the effects of the atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki in 1945, Simon Norfolk's studies of battle scarred buildings in Afghanistan and Luc Delahaye's eerie landscapes clouded by explosions.
Read reviews and articles by Waldemar Janusczcak, Laura Cumming, Alastair Sooke, Sean O'Hagan, Karen Wright and Francis Hodgson. (See also Shomei Tomatsu's obituary, below.)
Click on images to enlarge.

Richard Peter, Dresden After Allied Raids Germany, 1945
Shomei Tomatsu, Time stopped at 11.02, 1945, Nagasaki, 1961

Don McCullin, Shell Shocked US Marine, The Battle of Hue, 1968
An-My Lê, Untitled, Hanoi, 1994-98

Jane Wilson, Louise Wilson, Urville, 2006

Jim Goldberg, Prized Possession from the series Democratic Republic of Congo, 2008

Luc Delahaye, US Bombing on Taliban Positions, 2001

Luc Delahaye, Patio civil, cementero San Rafael, Malaga, 2009

Simon Norfolk, Bullet-scarred apartment building and shops in the Karte Char district of Kabul, 2003 

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