Magnum: The Body Observed

From Saturday 23rd March 2019 to Sunday 30th June 2019

The iconography of the body has been a recurrent subject throughout the history of art. The advent and development of photography offered a new opportunity to engage with past modes of representation through a medium that could mimic or subvert pre-existing visual codes in order to establish its own language. The camera has been used to examine, categorise, scrutinise and objectify the body.

The Body Observed proposes to look at how Magnum photographers have turned their lens to the body, presenting works that explore issues such as gaze, identity, intimacy, sexuality, ritual, voyeurism or performance, among others. It will draw into focus the social and cultural structures that affect the representation of the human form.

The exhibition will feature about 150 works from prominent photographers like Werner Bischof, Herbert List, Phillipe Halsman, Elliot Erwitt, Eve Arnold, David Hurn, Susan Meiselas, Cristina García Rodero, Miguel Rio Branco, Olivia Arthur, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Bruce Gilden, Tim Hetherington and Antoine d’Agata.

Image: Young Man with Laurel by Herbert List

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Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Earlham Road, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

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