I came across this exhibit online, Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography, which opened last week at the Tate Modern in London. I have high hopes for it considering Cruel & Tender is still the best photography exhibit I have ever seen. That show is really what made me decide to be a photographer, I bought my Rolliflex shortly after seeing it. So I am now trying to figure out how to get myself to London over the summer to see the Street & Studio. I may have to have a fundraising drive, or start one of those websites, like the buy me tits, where people ask for donations for totally insane things. Even before seeing it, I highly recommend you all find a way to make it. My guess is that it will be worth it.

Street & Studio is a magnificent exhibition of international photography. It presents a fascinating history of photographic portraiture taken on the street or in the photographer’s studio, looking at the differences between these two key locations in which photographers work. Street & Studio brings out the contrast between the photos taken in the carefully orchestrated studio, and images captured in the changing and uncontrollable street, whilst highlighting the crossovers between the genres and their influence on each other.

Over 350 striking works are gathered in this stylish exhibition, by some of the world’s most famous and important photographers including Francis Alÿs, Diane Arbus, Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rineke Dijkstra, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Norman Parkinson, August Sander, Cindy Sherman, Malick Sidibé, Paul Strand, James Van der Zee, Juergen Teller and Wolfgang Tillmans. Focusing on photos taken in buzzing cities, with their cosmopolitan cast of hipsters, businessmen, beauties and criminals, Street & Studio builds an engrossing urban history of photography, ranging from early black-and-white pictures from the late 1800s, to elegant fashion photography from the mid twentieth century, to cutting-edge portraiture by contemporary artists.

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
020 7887 8888


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