LondonTown.com: War photography explored at new Tate Modern exhibition in London

The impact of war over time is the subject of a major photographic exhibition in London

LONDON, 21-5-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — Great art galleries are never scared of confronting the big, difficult subjects, and this winter’s major photographic exhibition at Tate Modern in London does just that. Conflict, Time, Photography, which opens on 26th November and runs until 15th March 2015, features a series of photographs that capture places and moments of conflict. Staged to coincide with the centenary of the First World War, this major group exhibition offers an alternative to familiar notions of war reportage and photojournalism, instead focusing on the passing of time and the ways artists have used the camera to reflect on past events. The exhibition takes place at the Tate Modern’s gallery on the South Bank. To learn more about the attractions available in this area and to find a cheap hotel in London, visit LondonTown.com, London’s best independent website for discovering the city.

Conflict, Time, Photography will examine the impact of war days, weeks, months and years after the fact. The works will be ordered according to how long after the event they were created: Images taken weeks after the end of the American Civil War will be hung alongside those taken weeks after the atomic bombs fell on Japan in 1945. Photographs from Nicaragua taken 25 years after the revolution will be grouped with those taken in Vietnam 25 years after the fall of Saigon. The exhibition will conclude with new and recent projects by British, German, Polish and Syrian photographers which reflect on the First World War a century after it began.

The broad range of work will reflect many different ways in which conflict impacts on people’s lives. The immediate trauma of war can be seen in the eyes of Don McCullin’s Shell-shocked US Marine 1968, while the destruction of buildings and landscapes are documented by Pierre Antony-Thouret’s Reims After the War (published in 1926) and Simon Norfolk’s Afghanistan: Chronotopia 2001. Different conflicts will reappear from multiple points in time throughout the exhibition, with the Second World War being addressed in photographs from the 60s, 80s and 90s.

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Conflict, Time, Photography photographic exhibition at Tate Modern in London. Shomei Tomatsu Steel Helmet with Skull Bone Fusedby Atomic Bomb, Nagasaki 1963 © Shomei Tomatsu – interface. Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

Conflict, Time, Photography photographic exhibition at Tate Modern in London.
Shomei Tomatsu
Steel Helmet with Skull Bone Fusedby Atomic Bomb, Nagasaki 1963
© Shomei Tomatsu – interface. Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

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