Sunday, 31 October 2010

About Exposed

The invention of the camera has satisfied the desire to see what is hidden: Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera "examines photography’s role in voyeuristic looking from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present day." Photographs are taken by professional photographers and artists such as; Henry Cartier Bresson, Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, Man Ray and Robert Frank, however there are also images made without knowledge on a daily basis through the use of CCTV.

The exhibition is divided into five sections: The Unseen Photographer, Celebrity and the Public Gaze, Voyeurism and Desire, Witnessing Violence, and Surveillance.  The nature of invasive looking is obvious through the images and also from the way the viewer is implicated in the acts of voyeurism.  "Rather than blame the camera for showing illicit or forbidden material, Exposed explores the uneasy relationship between making and viewing images that deliberately cross lines of privacy and propriety."