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"Stepping In and Out: Contemporary Documentary Photography"
2002-09-05 until 2003-01-26
Victoria and Albert Museum
London, , UK

Stepping In and Out will introduce eight of today’s most compelling documentary photography projects in the Canon Photography Gallery from 5 September 2002 to 26 January 2003. This exhibition brings together photographers working at the forefront of their media and Stepping In and Out is an opportunity to see their new images with some works on display for the first time in the UK.

The theme of the exhibition is two-fold; certain photographers have immersed themselves, or 'stepped in’ to, communities different from their own, documenting the situations and relationships that then unfold. Other photographers adopt the new role of observer within their own milieux, recording the subtle characteristics of familiar surroundings. These photographers have 'stepped out’ of their normal positions to produce searing photographic accounts of their own environments.

Through their photographs, texts and audio guides, these photographers reveal their motivations as well as the complexities and contradictions of working with documentary photography today.

Tina Barney will be showing her most recent photographs, taken in Britain in 2001, and on show in Europe for the first time. Barney turns her intense and revealing perspective onto the portrayal of the British social elitehOliver Chanarin and Adam Broomberg are the creative editors of Colors, and have re-shaped this magazine to engage with issues such as mental health, ageing and education. In Stepping In and Out, they present their aims and working practices by focussing on two of their most recent documentary projects based in a prison in South Africa and a mental asylum in CubahClare Richardson’s lyrical photographs, titled Harlemville, portray life within a Rudolf Steiner community in North AmericahDeirdre O’Callaghan’s photographs form a humane record of Arlington House, a men’s hostel in North LondonhRoger Ballen’s recent photographs of marginalised white inhabitants of South Africa show an extreme example of the stylisation of documentary photographyhAllan Sekula’s Freeway to China images explore the impact of de-industrialisation on the Liverpool DockshDonovan Wylie’s portrayal of his family in Ireland is a riveting example of a photographer stepping out of the familiar to look at it a new Albrecht Tübke revisits a small town in Germany to create an intriguing document of his childhood community.

A new book by one of the contributors to the exhibition, Deirdre O’Callaghan, will be published to coincide with the opening of Stepping In and Out - 'Hide The Can’ (Trolley).

Also in the Canon Photography Gallery, 5 Sep. 2002 - 26 Jan. 2003: '100 Photographs: A Collection by Bruce Bernard’, a selection of remarkable images chosen by one of the 20th century’s greatest picture editors for the collector James Moores. The exhibition will present key photographic works from the 1840s to the 1990s, featuring many of the greatest practitioners of photography including William Henry Fox Talbot, Diane Arbus, Julia Margaret Cameron and Man Ray.

Arlington House - two men standing by palm tree print,
from the Hide the Can series,
by Deirdre O'Callahan, UK.
© Deirdre O'Callahan

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