Exhibition: Exposed Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera

I am looking forward seeing the new photography exhibition at the Tate Modern in London which is on until 3 October 2010. The last big photography show at the Tate (and i believe the first big photography show there) since Cruel and Tender, which was fantastic. Going by what i have seen online it seems to be a mix of genres and imagery, from photos documenting the cult of the celebrity, to images of police watchtowers, and from what i have seen on a Guardian image gallery images by Walker Evans, Shizuka Yokomizo, and Garry Winogrand.

Here is text from the Tate press release:

Exposed offers a fascinating look at pictures made on the sly, without the explicit permission of the people depicted. With photographs from the late nineteenth century to present day, the pictures present a shocking, illuminating and witty perspective on iconic and taboo subjects.

Beginning with the idea of the 'unseen photographer', Exposed presents 250 works by celebrated artists and photographers including Brassaï's erotic Secret Paris of the 1930s images; Weegee's iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe; and Nick Ut's reportage image of children escaping napalm attacks in the Vietnam War. Sex and celebrity is an important part of the exhibition, presenting photographs of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Paris Hilton on her way to prison and the assassination of JFK. Other renowned photographers represented in the show include Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Lee Miller, Helmut Newton and Man Ray.

The UK is now the most surveyed country in the world. We have an obsession with voyeurism, privacy laws, freedom of media, and surveillance – images captured and relayed on camera phones, YouTube or reality TV.

Much of Exposed focuses on surveillance, including works by both amateur and press photographers, and images produced using automatic technology such as CCTV. The issues raised are particularly relevant in the current climate, with topical debates raging around the rights and desires of individuals, terrorism and the increasing availability and use of surveillance. Exposed confronts these issues and their implications head-on.

(Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA from guardian article, which can be seen here)