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09.08.2011

 

Nightvision : Photography after Dark - the Metropolitan Museum embarks on a journey through time of photography after dark

It seems that night photography is growing into a genre of its own, better late than never and for one reason primarily: technology had not been up to scratch. The sensitive exploration of the twilight zone was only made possible with portable cameras, commercial flash light solutions and better film material.

Be it the tender glow of streetlights, big cites’ sparkling neon facades, reflections on nightly streets . . . all this inspired photographers to create poetic visuals.

Even since the 1930s and inspired by artists such as Brassaï in Paris or Bill Brandt from London, photographers have increasingly been covering the social outgrowth of life in the night. Whether it’s an elegant night at the opera or something with a bit less ‘taste’ taking place in the corresponding bohemian localities, frequented by society’s outsiders.

Today, CCTV-cameras and infrared technology, on loan from your trustworthy policeman or innovative arms traders, lend new impulses to the art form.

The exhibition presents works by Edward Steichen, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Brassaï, Bill Brandt, Robert Frank, Giuseppe Albergamo or David Deutsch. About 40 photographers from 1890 to today are on display, taken from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum.


Nightvision : Photography after Dark
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
until the 18th of September 2011
The Howard Gilman Gallery, 2nd floor
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198

NIGHT VISION : Photography after Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography after Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark

NIGHT VISION : Photography After Dark