Light from the Middle East: New Photography – V&A, March 2012

Light from the Middle East: New Photography at the V&A (March 2013)

We set off to go and see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the National History Museum and ended up seeing Light from the Middle East: New Photography at the V&A.

That’s what happens when you leave it to the last day to see a great exhibition; it sells out.

Still, the V&A exhibition was on our list… so our trip to West London was put to good use.

We had lunch at Comptoir Libanais to put us in the mood. Yummy.

The exhibition has three themes: Recording (how reliable is a photograph); Reframing (appropriate or imitate from the past and making a statement about the present) and Existing (can a photograph tell the truth? What happens when it is manipulated?).

In a way, this ties in nicely with Light Show – what you see and how much you can believe what you see. The exhibition explores other interesting ideas such as East and West; facts and fiction.

There was a photograph from Youssef Nabil there, ‘The Yemeni Sailors of South Shields’ (about ship-workers who settled in the North of England), which reminded me of the fascinating Coal, Frankincense and Myrrh: Yemen and British Yemenis exhibition we saw at the Horniman Museum a few years back. 

Light from the Middle East: New Photography is on at the V&A until 7 April 2013. FREE.

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