Autograph, London

In A Different Light: New Acquisitions

15 Nov - 2 Dec 2017

Past Exhibition
Curated by Renée Mussai with Cherelle Sappleton



Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK

past exhibition

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about the exhibition

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.

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Gallery 2

Gallery 2

artists featured

Raphael Albert, James Barnor, Armet Francis, Howard Grey, Neil Kenlock, Dennis Morris, Eileen Perrier, Clay Perry, Charlie Phillips, Vron Ware and Clovis Salmon aka ‘Sam The Wheels’, as well as London Stereoscopic Company.


Special thanks to Zelda Cheatle for negotiating the following acquisitions: Armet Francis, Dennis Morris, Neil Kenlock, Charlie Phillips. With gratitude to the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images.

In A Different Light is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.

supported by

Banner image: Howard Grey, Untitled [detail], from 'Arrival’ Portfolio. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Exhibition preview: 1-2) In a Different Light gallery installation at Autograph, London. Photograph: Zoë Maxwell.