Studio to Selfie: An exploration of portrait photography

Bradford Industrial Museum

Sat 8 Dec 2018 - Sun 3 Nov 2019

“In front of the lens, I am at the same time: the one I think I am, the one I want others to think I am, the one the photographer thinks I am, the one he makes use of to exhibit his art.”  Roland Barthes Camera Lucida, 1980

We use images to create an identity for ourselves, portraying the person we want people to see. Images tell a story about people, their lives and the world and time they are living in.

Using collections from Bradford Museums and Galleries photographic archive, this exhibition will explore themes of identity and how different generations have used photography to represent themselves. The exhibition will look at the relationship between photographer, viewer and subject and how, now, the photographer is often all three. How portraits can be deceiving, not always giving a true representation of a person.

The exhibition will also look at why people were photographed, the traditional Victorian ideas around portraiture and the variety of Bradford characters portrayed in our collections.

If you were being photographed today, how would you want future generations to see you?

Entry to the museum is free. Donation boxes can be found around the site and donations are always very gratefully received. 

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