The AMC was first established 25 years ago as a repository for vernacular photography and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars. It has since grown to a total of eight million images encompassing a plethora of subject matter – not solely defined by war and conflict – collected from diverse sources all over the world.
Curated by AMC Director, Timothy Prus, Collected Shadows offers a glimpse into these extraordinary holdings. This eclectic display includes scientific, astronomical and botanical studies, studio sittings, portraits and private snapshots, press photographs, film stills and aerial photographs from several wars, as well as a rich and unpredictable array of works we would simply have to call art.
A Hayward Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London, organised in collaboration with the Archive of Modern Conflict, London.
Running simultaneously and in response to Collected shadows, Places Remember is a contemplation of conflict and its memorialisation.
In this exhibition the works of both Liz Nicol, MA Photography Programme Lead at the University of Plymouth and Photography PhD student, John Spinks will be on display.
Liz Nicol’s work engages with the sites of First World War battlefields. She uses photographs, cyanotypes and photograms to sift through layers of accumulated meanings and examine the emotional and historical resonances of these sites of remembrance.
John Spinks’ large format colour photographs deal with time and the English landscape in relation to the death of Dr. David Kelly and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. John records the changing of the seasons on Harrowdown Hill in Oxfordshire where Kelly died in order to examine how places become intimately connected to political actions.
Please note, photography is not allowed in the gallery.