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Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography

Tate Modern, May 22-August 31, 2008

Written by Michelle Heimerman

After making my way through the crowds of tourists at the Tate Modern, I was able to escape to a timeless collection of photographs in the Street & Studio, An Urban History of Photography exhibition. With images dating back to 1885 portraits through modern day contemporary fashion, the work from internationally known artists including, Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Cindy Sherman were on display.


The exhibition played between fiction and real life, the studio and the street, and how the human reaction is captured and identified in these contrasting settings. While cameras were evolving into more portable contraptions in the past century, the limitations of the studio diminished and photographers were able to expand onto the streets to provide their subjects a most natural backdrop.


With the collection spanning across eleven rooms, displaying a different style of photography in each, it is sure to find something to interest everyone. The work of photojournalist, David Goldblatt documented the reality of the people of Johannesburg. Goldblatt, originally from South Africa himself, has been creating powerful photographs of his homeland for over 50 years.


While some may enjoy viewing these documentations of our world’s history, others like myself enjoy the art of fashion photography. Juergen Teller has become an iconic name in the fashion industry, and the man behind the famous Marc Jacobs advertisements. A collection of images from his book, “Go-Sees” shot in 1998, were one of my favorites on display. He photographed young girls that came to his studio in hopes of becoming a model. Teller captured these girls in the doorway, between the street and the studio, portraying potential models in their most natural poses.


This exhibition is currently on display at the Tate and will run through the 31st of August.

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