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Written by exhibition curator, Phillip Prodger and published by Prestel.Order now
The history of photography is often told as a chain of relationships connecting one great maker to the next. However, the real history is much more complicated: it is a vast web of interconnected stories stretching from East Asia to West Africa, and from New Zealand to Uzbekistan, and a complex interchange of fine art, scientific, anthropological, documentary and amateur traditions
With over 130 works from the Solander Collection, An Alternative History of Photography invites you to look again at well-known works and new discoveries by major artists, alongside forgotten greats, regional champions and unknown artists.
Unexpected images by legendary figures including Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Man Ray and Edward Weston, are paired with work by Helen Stuart and John Lindt, early, self-trained practitioner Lady Augusta Mostyn, and African studio photographers Sanlé Sory, Michel Kameni and Malick Sidibé.
This exhibition is curated by Phillip Prodger and organised by Curatorial Exhibitions in collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a major new book, published by Prestel.
About the Solander Collection
Dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of photographic art in all its forms, the Solander Collection has a special emphasis on international traditions, under-represented and forgotten artists, ethnic diversity and women. The aim of the collection is to broaden the understanding of photography as inclusive and democratic.