Spanning the history of the medium from the 1850s to the present day, Collected Shadows displays a great variety of photographic techniques from early albumen prints and cyanotypes to silver gelatin prints and polaroids. Cross-cultural as well as trans-historical, this hugely diverse selection includes press images of major historical events, such as aerial photographs of war and an atomic bomb trial in Tahiti in 1970, astronomical images such as Victorian studies of the surface of the moon and early-twentieth century photographs of comets, early ethnographic images, film stills, and personal snapshots.
Void is delighted to present the first showing of Collected Shadows, an exhibition of photographs from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC), which will be shown in the UK for the first time, organised by Southbank Centre’s Hayward Touring. Opening at Void in Derry before embarking on a national tour, Collected Shadows offers a rare glimpse into the AMC’s extraordinary holdings of more than eight million images. First established twenty-five years ago as an archive of vernacular photographs and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars, the AMC has since expanded to encompass a plethora of subject matter. Curated by Timothy Prus, Director of the Archive of Modern Conflict, Collected Shadows presents a selection of 200 photographs, including works by renowned photographers Robert Frank, Brassai, Bert Hardy, Marketa Luskacova, Bertha Jacques, Eugène Atget and Walker Evans alongside a vast array of images by unknown and amateur photographers.
The exhibition will open with a curator’s talk at 6:30pm on Saturday 12 August. The exhibition then opens to the public at 7:30pm, with speeches commencing at 8pm. The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council will officially launch the exhibition.