Tate Modern: 26 November 2014 – 15 March 2015
The opening of the Time, Conflict, Photography exhibition coincided with the 2014 centenary of the Great War and is an absolute must before it ends on 15th March.
This exhibition invites viewers to pause, reflect, judge, change and find beauty beneath the surface. The images are not displayed in a chronological order as one may assume; they are in fact displayed in relation to the time between when the photograph was taken and the actual event. As Laura Cumming describes in her article for the Guardian, "the idea is to look at images taken at different intervals: two minutes after an explosion in Afghanistan, 20 minutes after Hiroshima, 16 years after Srebrenica, 66 after the bombing of Dresden. What can the camera skim from the scene to picture history as it happens, or bring it forward into our moment?" The camera acts as a voice in these situations giving us an understanding and visual reference for what has happened. The demolition and destruction exhibited produces evocative images that possess subliminal qualities, and it is this very harmony between the harrowing and the beautiful that makes this exhibition so poignant.