Photo50 is an exhibition of contemporary and historical photography featuring fifty works, curated this year by Nick Hackworth, Director of Paradise Row.
A ‘Cyclical Poem’ is a partial and elliptical look at the relationship between photography and a cluster of themes: time, memory and repetition. It brings together photographers who have had long and significant careers.
In some cases the works selected are the result of the photographer returning to the same or similar subjects over or after a long period of time. Sometimes the images are from one period, but made in concert with the passing of time.
Many of the images included date from well before the digital era. From a certain perspective this might render the show perverse and out of date, for digital culture has fundamentally altered the relationship between image, time and memory. If this is so, then this exhibition becomes, as a whole, a picture of a culture of scarcity and selectivity, one that has already dissolved in the vastness of the ever growing digital datastream that appears to structure contemporary experience.
Can one meaningfully set the images presented here alongside those found on social media sites that record and present the lives of their makers in exhaustive detail? What is the relative relationship between these different types of image to time and memory?
Photographers selected to exhibit in Photo50 this year include:
Assistant Curator: Ashley Lumb
Photo50 is located on Gallery Level 2 at the Fair.