Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera


Interested in seeing some iconic, analogue photos? Check out Tate Modern’s controversial exhibition – Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, which collects the past centuries’ most intriguing and provocative imagery through the eyes of a voyeuristic lens.

Weegee (Arthur H. Fellig) – [Marilyn Monroe] ca. 1950s

Voyeurism has always been a touchy, controversial subject, and it is precisely this controversial nature that is on exhibition at Tate Modern, entitled Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Featuring more than 250 works of photography and film by well-known figures including Brassaï, Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank,Nan Goldin, Dorothea Lange, Lee Miller, Thomas Ruff, Paul Strand, Weegee, and Garry Winogrand, the exhibit is both awe-inspiring and provocative.

Georges Dudognon – Greta Garbo in the Club St. Germain, Paris ca. 1950s

The exhibit features various photos from over the years by professional press photographers and amateur shooters that offer an unseen glance in the world of surveillance and paparazzo. Some are erotic, some are shocking, and more even thought provoking. It asks the uneasy questions about who is looking at whom, and whether for power or for pleasure. Are these photographs an invasion of privacy? Can they be deemed as a product of theft, nothing more as stolen property?

As a community that’s perpetually behind the lens, one then is faced with the question of ethics with each press of the shutter. Where is the line between journalism and the invasion of privacy? What exactly constitutes voyeurism in this day and age? If you find yourself near the exhibit, try to drop by and have a look, see for yourself, and prepare to be immersed in the world of clandestine photographs.

Walker Evans – [Street Scene, New York] 1928

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera is organised in conjunction with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. It is curated by Sandra S. Phillips, Senior Curator, Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with Simon Baker, Curator of Photography, Tate, and Ann Coxon, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern. The exhibition will travel to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the autumn of 2010 and then the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis in spring 2011. The exhibition will be accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue.

For further information contact Bomi Odufunade/Oliver Krug, Tate Press Office, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG Call 020 7887 4942/8730, Fax 020 7887 8729, Email

Harry Callahan – Untitled (Atlanta) 1984

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  1. elasticsociety
    elasticsociety ·

    wicked shots

  2. arsemonkey
    arsemonkey ·

    Arthur Fellig (AKA-Weegee) was a great pioneer of the use of the plastic lense and created a lot of strange shots of Monroe using such a lense. check out the Getty Archives for more work.

    I am so at this event.

  3. shadrack1
    shadrack1 ·

    I saw this event when I was in San Francisco in December. Great showing. They also had an entire floor dedicated to Henri Bresson when I was there. It was a day well spent.

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