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Beyond Documentary: Experimental Photography in London 1976-2006

Vertiginous Exhilaration, 1995 (detail) © Rut Blees Luxemburg

Explore experimental photography that captures the city in this free display.

In 2015, the museum began Beyond Documentary, a three year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project allowed for the expansion of the museum’s photography collection by collecting images which push the boundaries of traditional photography.

The museum’s aim was to acquire the work of artists who make photographs about London using experimental tactics. Their approaches involve examining social issues through carefully set-up compositions or by placing prints in a narrative sequence. Others study closely a particular locality over a sustained period of time or record it by pushing against the technical constraints of photography. All, in their different ways, have produced rich bodies of work through prolonged engagement with the city.

This display is part of the Collecting Cultures project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Works acquired with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Art Fund and Arts Council England/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund.

More information can be found here.