An Alternative History of Photography: Works from the Solander Collection

7 Oct 2022 – 19 Feb 2023

Regular hours

11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00

Cost of entry

£8 / £5 Concession (Free for Members)
Advance Booking Online £6.50 / £4 Concession

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The Photographers' Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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  • Just off Oxford Street so accessible by bus services to Oxford Street and a 2 minute walk from Oxford Circus Tube Station.
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New ways of looking at the traditions and timelines of photography.


The history of photography is often told as a chain of relationships connecting one great maker to the next. However, the real history is much more complicated: it is a vast web of interconnected stories stretching from East Asia to West Africa, and from New Zealand to Uzbekistan, and a complex interchange of fine art, scientific, anthropological, documentary and amateur traditions.

With over 130 works from the Solander CollectionAn Alternative History of Photography invites you to look again at well-known works and new discoveries by major artists, alongside forgotten greats, regional champions and unknown artists.

Unexpected images by legendary figures including Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Man Ray and Edward Weston, are paired with work by  Helen Stuart and John Lindt, early, self-trained practitioner Lady Augusta Mostyn, and African studio photographers Sanlé Sory, Michel Kameni and Malick Sidibé.

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