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Two contrasting photography exhibitions form the basis of the next London photography study visit on Saturday 16 February. In the morning we will visit the V&A’s review of contemporary photography from and about the Middle East. As is typically the case with V&A exhibitions, there is a mass of useful material about the work on their website, including this video which is well worth checking out.
In the afternoon we will visit the Photographers’ Gallery to see and discuss their exhibition of Laura Letinsky’s Ill Form and Full Void. Tutor, Robert Enoch, explains why he felt we should include this exhibition:
Her work shows some of the potential of contemporary still life photography, using simple arrangements of objects to suggest meanings in the tradition of the Vanitas and still life paintings of the past. What interests me here is the way everyday objects can be so arranged to suggest different meanings that both critique photography itself and reflect feelings and relationships in traces. This notion of the photograph as a mark, a sign, is particularly relevant to my work.
Why have we put these two shows together in one study visit? Well if there is a linking theme is is as Laura Letinsky says at the end of this video, it is about ‘how photography changes how we see and how we understand the world’
Image credit: Manal Al-Dowayan ‘I am an Educator’