In A Different Light showcases recent photographs and films acquired by Autograph’s Archive and permanent collection of photography.
Our Archive has a unique remit: collecting, preserving and disseminating the work of a diverse constituency of contemporary artists and historical image portfolios that address critical questions of cultural identity, human rights, race, representation and difference.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures Programme.
The new photographs and films are acquired are:
- Representative works by established chroniclers of the Windrush generation active in London during the 1960s and 1970s, and other relevant photographs from the period by a practitioners from different cultural backgrounds
- Examples of the earliest 19th century photographs depicting sitters of African, Caribbean and South Asian heritage in British portrait studio during the Victorian era
-A selection of film works by Clovis Salmon aka ‘Sam The Wheels’ to expand the collection’s remit to include moving image in addition to photography
More than 175 works have been acquired for In A Different Light since 2015; this display features a selection of 100 prints. All works will be made available online with select audio-visual interviews, including a dedicated tool-kit to share knowledge on acquisition processes.
In our next archive development phase, particular attention will be paid to acquiring works by female practitioners whose work captures the black experience through fine art and documentary photography from the 1980s onwards.
Autograph is a place to see things differently. Since 1988, we have championed photography that explores issues of race, identity, representation, human rights and social justice, sharing how photographs reflect lived experiences and shape our understanding of ourselves and others.Donate Join our mailing list