Scoop, Scandal and Strife: A History of Newspaper Photography

Thu 04 Nov 1971 - Fri 03 Dec 1971

Ephemera courtesy The Photographers' Gallery Archive

Scoop, Scandal and Strife: A History of Newspaper Photography

Thu 04 Nov 1971 - Fri 03 Dec 1971

This event is part of our Past Programme

The aim of Scoop, Scandal and Strife is to make possible and analyse of the role of photography in newspapers.


It is not an exhibition of ‘the world’s best press photographs’, or ‘the years best news pictures’:  that kind of material is most adequately shown in existing exhibitions all over the world. Presented here is something rather different: a Review of the development of journalistic photography and its use – day after day – in that most familiar of mass media, the newspaper.

Inevitably the exhibition provides a vivid perspective on recent history. The newspaper is an astonishing vehicle for making the past real. The day’s great events were seen embedded in today’s trivia, and it is possible to catch a glimpse of how it must have been to read, over the breakfast table, of Churchill’s great Dunkirk beach, awe of the death of Mussolini, or of the Russian Revolution.

In organising Scoop, Scandal and Strife this idea of the reader has been of central importance. That is why so many of the photographs are shown as they originally appeared, in the pages of newspapers, I’m not a separate photographs. The journalistic use of the photography is a matter of words and pictures, and the integration of the two is the essence of the story that the exhibition sets out to tell.

The material is divided into five sections:

First, Beginnings, which deals with the origins of photography in newspapers. Then, Genres, which shows the number of typical journalistic uses of photography since 1904 (when the Daily Mirror was founded as the first paper in the world specially committed to the use of photographs). 

Third, Scoop, which deals with the essence of news of ‘being there’ and getting an exclusive picture of a unique, dramatic or historical occasion. Fourth, Scandal, which explores sensational reporting of sex, crime and violence. And finally, Strife, which shows new photography’s special role in making widely available scenes of war. 


The presentation of the Scoop Scandal and Strife exhibition grows naturally out of the Welsh Arts Council’s respect for photography. The council was the British art institution to organise an exhibition of work by a living photographer (Raymond Moore) 

Scoop Scandal and Strife was organized and designed by Ken Baynes, the exhibition display system was designed by Malcolm Quandrill. Exhibition construction by Priestleys of Gloucester. Catalogue designed by Steve Storr/Ken and Kate Baynes and printed in Britain by Papares & Publications (Printers) Ltd 

© Welsh Arts Council 1971

Curated by Harold Evans


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