Film - In the spotlight - Life through a lens

24th August 2012 at 01:00

New exhibition Everything Was Moving: photography from the 1960s and 1970s explores the turbulent events that defined those decades.

What is it?

More than 400 rarely seen works by photographers from across the globe will be exhibited at the Barbican Art Gallery in London. Highlights include works by Chinese photojournalist Li Zhensheng, who risked his life to photograph the Cultural Revolution. (He took pictures secretly and buried 30,000 negatives under his mud floor.)

Bruce Davidson's Time of Change series follows a group of freedom riders in 1961 travelling by bus from Montgomery, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi, and catalogues four subsequent years of civil rights struggle in the US' Deep South.

Why is it useful?

Shaped by the Cold War, revolutions, civil rights and free love, the 1960s and 1970s gave photographers powerful subjects to work with. The exhibition shows how photography captures life - inspirational for pupils and useful for research.

How to visit

The exhibition is open from 13 September to 13 January 2013. Entrance is #163;6 per person for school groups of 10 or more.

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