|Bruce Gilden, London, 2011-13 (installation in Strange and Familiar)|
Robert Frank’s book The Americans is rightly regarded as one of the masterpieces of C20 photography. It was controversial on its initial reception in the United States, in 1959, both for its relaxed, subjective style of photography and because it presented an uncomfortably honest picture of 1950s America.
The freshness of Frank’s perception of America is typically, in part, ascribed to his status as an outsider: a Swiss immigrant seeing the country without prejudice. Frank never did a book called 'The British', but had he done so it would have featured some of the pictures included in Strange and Familiar.
This exhibition, curated by Martin Parr, presents views of Britain as seen through the lenses of photographers from other countries, from the 1930s to today. There are few, perhaps, who can match Frank's effortless style, but the mix delivers facinating insights into the British character alongside nostalgia and the occasional, inevitable stereotype.
Read reviews by Mark Hudson, Ben Luke, Andrew Dickson, Eliza Williams, and an article by Ian Jack; see a complete list of exhibits with introductions to the photographers.
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|Henri Cartier-Bresson, Coronation of King George VI, London, 1937|
|Robert Frank, City of London, 1951|
|Cas Oorthuys, London, 1953|
|Sergio Larrain, Baker Street Underground Station, 1958-9|
|Cas Oorthuys, Oxford students 1962|
|Frank Habicht, Time, Gentleman, please! City of London, 1960s|
|Bruce Davidson, Wales, 1965.|
|Candida Hofer, Liverpool IX, 1968|
|Akihiko Okamura, Northern Ireland, 1970s|
|Evelyn Hofer, Bus conductress and postman, London, 1977|
|Shinro Ohtake, from the series UK77, 1977–1978.|
|Raymond Depardon, Glasgow, 1980|
|Bruce Gilden, London, 2011-13|