Story Telling with Photography

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Photography, when assembled and curated in a gallery, has powerful storytelling ability. As viewers move from one room to the next, their experience is shaped by the images and the order in which they view them. Careful curation has the power to take individual photos and bring them together to create a narrative experience for the viewer and to tell the story of the photographer’s subjects. No matter where you are in the world there is always an opportunity to experience storytelling through photography. Here are some of the best gallery showings that are going on across the globe in 2018.

Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II

International Center of Photography, New York City

January 26, 2018 to May 6, 2018

 

This exhibit showcases photographs by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Toyo Miyatake, and others, who documented the eviction and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Through photography, this exhibit explores the lives and stories of individuals who lost and suffered during this dark period of American history.

 

Bamako Portraits

Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam

April 6, 2018 to June 20, 2018

 

Portraits from the 1950s and 1960s by Seudou Keïta show the faces and personal styles of a generation of citizens living in Bamako, the capital of Mali. The images from this period capture the people’s transition from life under French colonial rule to life in the capital of an independent nation

 

Looking for Lenin

The Lumiere Brother Center for Photography, Moscow

April 20, 2018 to June 24, 2018

 

This contemporary photography project is a collaboration between photographer Niels Ackermann and journalist Sebastien Gobert. Ackermann was inspired after witnessing the destruction of a monument to Lenin in Kiev. The incident prompted him to question how citizens engage, reinvent, and part with the past. The resulting exhibit features photographs of toppled status of Lenin from various different locations.

 

Souvenir: A Photographic Journey

Stadthaus Ulm, Ulm

March 11, 2018 to May 27, 2018

 

Martin Parr’s photos explore social reality and excess with vivid colour and realism. This exhibit in particular is a retrospective of his most famous works on mass tourism, compulsive consumption, and the ageing population. Parr’s work will prompt viewers to reflect on the raw, ugly, banal, and cliché realities of our society.

 

Devotion! 30 Years of Photographing Women

Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm

February 23, 2018 to May 20, 2018

 

Ellen von Unwerth’s photographs tell the story of seven different emotional expressions across seven galleries: Love, Play, Power, Gender, Lust, Passion, and Drama. While playing with archetypes and stereotypes, this exhibit prompts readers to question their notions of beauty and ugliness while looking back at von Unwerth’s 30-year career.

 

Moriz Nähr: Photography and Modernism

Leopold Museum, Vienna

August 24, 2018 to October 29, 2018

 

This exhibit tells the story of the urban and social changes that the turn of the 20th century brought to Vienna. As the middle class blossomed and the city began to embrace technology and modernism, Moriz Nähr was appointed court photographer to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, making him perfectly positioned to capture this time of change.

 

Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins

Barbican Art Gallery, London

February 28, 2018 to May 27, 2018

 

The show exhibits the work of twenty different photographers working from the 1950s until today and highlights life among countercultures, subcultures, and minorities. The story of this exhibit is one of diversity, complexity, and identity as captured by the medium of photography. Here you’ll see work by artists such as Paz Errazuriz, Pieter Hugo, Mary Ellen Mark, and Dayanita Singh.

 

Visual storytelling through photography is one of the artistic world’s most immediate mediums as it invites the viewer into an experience which is both emotive and acutely real. No matter where you are in the world, there is sure to be an evocate photography exhibit somewhere near you that will prompt both creative enjoyment and intellectual reflectiveness.