Curated by the iconic British photographer Martin Parr, Strange and Familiar: Britain as revealed by International Photographers is an exhibition that explores Britain’s everyday life from the 1930s onwards. From social documentary to street photography, to portraiture and on to architectural photography, the 23 international photographers involved in this project bring forth the social, cultural and political identity of the UK from a foreigner’s perspective. The camera’s fascination with people and British culture is evident as these leading artists, including Henri Cartier-Bresson (France) and Robert Frank (Switzerland), document Britain’s modern life in a way that captures the mundane through unique perspectives.
Each of the photographers in the show offer different visions of life in Britain, taking us back to East London’s slum housing areas (Edith Tudor-Hart), to the euphoria of the Swinging Sixties (Gian Butturini and Frank Habicht) before ending with recent portraits of the working class in the Black Country (Bruce Gilden). Through their own distinctive style, these artists offer us new versions of our own stories, and the country we know so well is given an air of nostalgia as scenes from Glasgow’s bleak landscapes are shown alongside portraits of teenage girls dancing Liverpool nightclubs.
Bringing together compelling photographs from seminal photographers such as Bruce Davidson (USA), Akihiko Okamura (Japan) and Rineke Dijkstra (The Netherlands), Strange and Familiar: Britain as revealed by International Photographers is an exploration of the banality of human life, one that becomes at once strange and familiar when captured through the eyes of a stranger.
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Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers is on from 16 March–19 June 2016.