Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera since 1870

There's something faintly elegiac about the Walker Art Center's new photography exhibition, which opens this weekend. At a time when seemingly everyone—from celebrities to everyday people—avidly courts the camera, or at the very least readily puts up with the instant-streaming gaze, and surveillance technologies capture our every move, the idea of photographers chasing after secrets is downright quaint. "Exposed" may strike some viewers as a historical survey, a riveting and disturbing document of a time when the camera offered access to the inner life (whether of an entire culture or an individual) with an immediacy that shocked and enlightened. The gang's all here: Ron Galella (who chased Jackie O.), Nan Goldin (sexual and other intimacies), Walker Evans (surreptitious portraits), Trevor Paglen (weapon testing sites), Tom Howard (death), and Mapplethorpe, Weege, Cartier-Bresson, among others. After studying these images, you may want to reconsider that new photo for your Facebook page.
May 21-Sept. 18, 2011

 
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