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Dive into the iconic Guardian picture library and explore the changing landscape of photojournalism throughout the 20th century.

Images by celebrated photographers such as Bruce Davidson, Madame Yevonde, Yousuf Karsh and Cecil Beaton are littered throughout the exhibition, alongside striking imagery by lesser-known photographers. No artist or image is given preferential treatment here, demonstrating the power of individual images when it comes to elaborating liberal narratives in the news.

The exhibition also features rarely seen press prints, contact sheets, editing notes and other newspaper ephemera that explore the maintaining of a picture gallery as a lost art in our modern media landscape. Over 200 images are on display, from vintage treasures to discoloured agency wire photos. A particular highlight are the images of demonstrations, strikes, pollical rallies and marches, all pertaining to The Guardian’s liberal stance.

Explore how photojournalism in the 20th century contributed to sharing stories around themes of feminism, nationalism, post-colonialism, racism, class and environmentalism, celebrating a liberal outlook through imagery.

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The Photographers' Gallery

16-18 Ramillies Street, London, Greater London, W1F 7LW

020 7087 9300


Opening times

Tue – Sat 11.00 – 19.00

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

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