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Imogen Cunningham, Agave Design I,1920s. © The Imogen Cunningham Trust.

London

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Unearthed: Photography's Roots

Opening May 19, 2021 at 01:00 am
Start date May 19, 2021
End date Aug 30, 2021

Questioning the true age of photography, the exhibition will open with some of the first known Victorian images by William Henry Fox Talbot, positioning his experimentation with paper negatives as the very beginning of photography. It will also introduce a key selection of cyanotypes by one of the first women photographers, Anna Atkins (1799-1871), who created camera-less photograms of the algae specimens found along the south coast of England. Displayed publicly for the first time, these works highlight the ground-breaking accuracy of Atkins’ approach, and the remarkably contemporary appearance of her work which has inspired many artists and designers. The exhibition will also foreground the artists who produced unprecedented photographic art in the twentieth century without artistic intention. The medium allowed for quick documentation of nature’s infinite specimens, making it an important tool for scientists and botanists such as the German photographer and teacher Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) who captured close-up views of plant specimens in order to study and share an understanding of nature’s ‘architecture’. A selection of Blossfeldt’s ‘study aids’ will be displayed alongside work by the proud gardener Charles Jones, who used a glass plate camera to keep a meticulously illustrated record of his finest crops. Seen together for the first time, the two artists will be examined for their pragmatic approach that set them apart from the romanticised style of their time.

Nobuyoshi Araki - Anna Atkins - Alois Auer - Sir Cecil Beaton - Karl Blossfeldt - Adolphe Braun - Jan Brueghel I - Mat Collishaw - Imogen Cunningham - Roger Fenton - Adam Fuss - Ori Gersht - Cecilia Glaisher - Joy Gregory - William Henry Fox-Talbot - John Frederick Herschel - Gyula Holics - Jan van Huysum - Henry Irving - Charles Jones - Sarah Jones - André Kertész - Nick Knight - Lou Landauer - Richard Learoyd - Pradip Malde - Robert Mapplethorpe - John Moffat - Sarah Moon - James Mudd - Kazumasa Ogawa - [Enami Nobukuni] T. Enami - Albert G. Richards - Charles T. Scowen - [Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbenes] Scheltens & Abbenes - Helen Sear - Edward Jean Steichen - Josef Sudek - Lorenzo Vitturi - Edward Weston - Walter Bentley Woodbury -
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Unearthed: Photography's Roots

Araki, Nobuyoshi (*1940) G May 2021 - Aug 2021   (133) +0
Atkins, Anna (1799 - 1871) G   (10) +0
Auer, Alois (1813 - 1869) G   (4) +0
Beaton, Sir Cecil (1904 - 1980) G   (35) +0
Blossfeldt, Karl (1865 - 1932) G   (70) +0
Braun, Adolphe (1812 - 1877) G   (13) +0
Brueghel I, Jan (1568 - 1625) G   (4) +0
Collishaw, Mat (*1966) G   (55) +0
Cunningham, Imogen (1883 - 1976) G   (63) +0
Fenton, Roger (1819 - 1869) G   (26) +0
Fox-Talbot, William Henry (1800 - 1877) G   (34) +0
Fuss, Adam (*1961) G   (42) +0
Gersht, Ori (*1967) G   (34) +0
Glaisher, Cecilia (1828 - 1982) G   (1) +0
Gregory, Joy (*1959) G   (1) +0
Herschel, John Frederick (1792 - 1871) G   (2) +0
Holics, Gyula (1919 - 1989) G   (1) +0
Huysum, Jan van (1682 - 1749) G   (1) +0
Irving, Henry (1838 - 1905) G   (2) +0
Jones, Charles (1866 - 1959) G   (9) +0
Jones, Sarah (*1959) G   (26) +0
Kertész, André (1894 - 1985) G   (143) +0
Knight, Nick (*1958) G   (8) +0
Landauer, Lou (*1897) G   (2) +0
Learoyd, Richard (*1966) G   (10) +0
Malde, Pradip (*1957) G   (1) +0
Mapplethorpe, Robert (1946 - 1989) G   (213) +0
Moffat, John (1819 - 1894) G   (1) +0
Moon, Sarah (*1941) G   (21) +0
Mudd, James (1821 - 1906) G   (4) +0
Ogawa, Kazumasa (1860 - 1930) G   (1) +0
Richards, Albert G. (1917 - 2008) G   (1) +0
Scheltens & Abbenes, [Maurice Scheltens & Liesbeth Abbenes] G   (1) +0
Scowen, Charles T. G   (2) +0
Sear, Helen (*1955) G   (25) +0
Steichen, Edward Jean (1879 - 1973) G   (125) +0
Sudek, Josef (1896 - 1976) G   (50) +0
T. Enami, [Enami Nobukuni] (1859 - 1929) G   (1) +0
Vitturi, Lorenzo (*1980) G   (2) +0
Weston, Edward (1886 - 1958) G   (135) +0
Woodbury, Walter Bentley (1834 - 1885) G   (1) +0
Moore, Alexander (curator)       (1) +0