Sunday, 16 February 2014

Archive photos to be displayed at Henry Moore Institute

An exhibition which looks at the relationship between photographs and sculpture will be on display at the Henry Moore Institute from March 30.

Photographing Sculpture: How the Image Moves the Object shows the importance of photography to the study of sculpture, and features eighty images, from late nineteenth century prints to present day photographs drawn from the archive at the Henry Moore Institute.


Photographing Sculpture demonstrates the importance of photography both in making sculpture visible and in determining the way it is presented to the world.

Some photographs in the exhibition visualise the physical movement of objects, documenting monumental statues on their journey from the studio to the pedestal, installations in various different configurations and performance pieces in progress, in which the repositioning of body and object is intrinsic to the work. F

Other photographs create the illusion of movement, presenting a work from all angles or staging it to emphasise a dynamic arrangement or to bring a work to life.

There are examples of portrait busts posed humorously with real people and of small scale figure and animal sculptures placed in outdoor environments, to make them appear life size and part of the real world.

Further series of photographs record the same sculpture in different locations and contrasting environments, exploring the relationship between context and perception.

Across all categories, the exhibition displays both carefully arranged shots, intended for publication and more informal snaps taken by artists and technicians in their studios, workshops and gardens, which record fleeting and private moments in the life of the work.

Photographing Sculpture: How the Image Moves the Object will be on display at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, from March 30 to June 22.

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