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Uncharted Street: Kurt Hutton, Bill Brandt, Edith Tudor-Hart, Charlie Phillips, Markéta Luskačová - Photographs from the Hyman Collection

17 Jan-8 Mar 2024

Ben Uri Gallery And Museum
London NW8 0RH

Overview

Curated by Ben Uri and the Centre for British Photography Uncharted Streets: Photographers from the Hyman Collection presents five photographers who were born outside the UK but have been central to the development of photography in Britain over the last century. The title alludes to William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience and T. S. Elliot’s The Wasteland. However, it inverts their charter’d streets to suggest the role of those from outside in charting new territories, providing new perspectives and taking British photography in new directions. 

The exhibition begins with the pioneering work of Kurt Hutton (b. Germany 1893) and Bill Brandt (b. Germany, 1904). Each photographer played a pivotal role in bringing European ideas into British culture and stimulated British photographic publications such as Lilliput and Picture Post magazine. It then spotlights the work of Edith Tudor-Hart (b. Vienna, 1908) who used photography as a vehicle for social change. The exhibition also showcases two of the most eminent figures in contemporary British photography: Charlie Phillips (b, Jamaica, 1944) is one of the most celebrated documenters of the African-Caribbean community in London, and Markéta Luskačová (b. Czechoslovakia, 1944), whose work has been so influential to British photography since the early 1970s.

This is a very rare opportunity to see vintage prints by these five photographers. 

The exhibition also includes selected publications of the period, from major books to the pages of important magazines such as Lilliput and Picture Post. 

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