An insight into photographic images made surreptitiously or without the explicit permission of those depicted.
Spanning a variety of lens-based media from the late nineteenth century to the present day, the exhibition offers an illuminating and provocative perspective on subjects both iconic and taboo.
Aided and abetted by the camera, voyeurism and surveillance provoke uneasy questions about who is looking at whom, and whether for power or for pleasure.
The show examines the history of what might be called invasive looking by bringing together more than 250 works of photography and film by well-known figures including BrassaÃ¯, Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank,Nan Goldin, Dorothea Lange, Lee Miller, Thomas Ruff, Paul Strand, Weegee, and Garry Winogrand.
The exhibition also includes images made by amateur photographers, press photographers, and in some cases automatic systems such as CCTV.