This major photography exhibition surveys the medium from an international perspective, and includes renowned photographers from across the globe, all working during two of the most memorable decades of the 20th century. Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s brings together over 400 works, some rarely seen, others recently discovered and many shown in the UK for the first time.
It features 12 key figures including Bruce Davidson, William Eggleston, David Goldblatt, Graciela Iturbide, Boris Mikhailov, Sigmar Polke, Malick Sidibé, Shomei Tomatsu, and Li Zhensheng as well as important innovators whose lives were cut tragically short such as Ernest Cole, Raghubir Singhand Larry Burrows.
The world changed dramatically in the 1960s and 1970s. From the Cultural Revolution to the Cold War; from America’s misadventure in Vietnam to the indelible values of the civil rights movement; this was the defining period of the modern age. It also coincided with a golden age in photography: the moment when the medium flowered as a modern art form.
Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s presents some of the most inspiring voices in 20th century photography, in order to reflect on the world then – and now.
A shot from Boris Mikhailov’s Superimpositions series
A shot from Boris Mikhailov Yesterday’s Sandwich’s series
Bruce Davidson’s Black Americans, New York City
David Goldblatt’s Sarah and George Manyani, Emdeni Extension, Soweto, taken in August 1972
David Goldblatt’s Saturday Morning at the Hypermarket: Semi-final of the Miss Lovely Legs Competition
Graciela Iturbide’s Angel Woman, Sonora Desert, America, 1979. The woman is a Seri Indian, a people who now trade their folk art for electronic equipment like radios
Graciela Iturbide’s Our Lady of the Iguanas, Juchitan, Mexico, 1979. The picture shows the power and dignity of a Zapotec woman, who carries on her head live iguanas that form a bizarre crown
Larry Burrows’s picture of a US soldier during Operation Pegasus, Khe Sanh, Vietnam, in April 1968
Graciela Iturbide, Panama City, 1974