There are two very interesting photographic exhibitions coming up which are both well worth a visit. The first is The Eadweard Muybridge exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London which is on from now until the 16th January 2011, and the second is The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010which starts on the 11th November and runs until the 20th February 2011 at the National Portrait Gallery, also in London. If you visit either of these exhibitions, why not come back here and let us know what you thought?
The Eadweard Muybridge exhibition
Muybridge was born in England, but moved to America in the mid 1860’s to find fame and fortune. His was a colourful individual whose private life included a stagecoach accident, murdering his wife’s lover (for which he was acquitted) and placing his own son in an orphanage! His photographic career included shooting portraits, the Yosemite Valley and covering expeditions by the US army.
He’s best known however for his work shooting the movement of animals and people. It started when a wealthy racehorse owner wanted to settle once and for all the question of whether all the four legs of a horse were off the ground at the same time when it ran. The racehorse owner commissioned Muybridge to photograph his horse to prove his theory. In 1877 Muybridge did shoot said horse and proved that all four legs were indeed off the ground at the same time. He eventually fell out with the wealthy racehorse owner, but went on to photograph 1000’s of images of moving animals and humans.
I still find his work fascinating to look, knowing how difficult it would have been to capture those moments by using what we would now consider as fairly primitive equipment, banks of multiple cameras and electrical triggers.
To find out more about this fascinating exhibition at the Tate, visit www.tate.org.uk.
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 exhibition
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2010 exhibition shows the very best in contemporary portrait photography including the work of both professional and amateur photographers. This year’s competition attracted nearly 2,500 photographers who together submitted 6,000 images. The exhibition showcases sixty works and includes the first-prize winner, three runners-up and the winner of the ELLE commission.
If you’re interested in portrait photography this exhibition is definitely for you, and if you think that a portrait should be taken against a white background, this exhibition will make you think again!
To find out more information about the exhibition visit www.npg.org.uk.