This headline exhibition for PHOTO 2021 features photographers from around the world who are challenging documentary photography’s relationship with truth. Not standing still celebrates divergent and conceptual photographic processes that discuss current issues of environment, politics, warfare, judicial inequality, racism, history, and revolution.
Over the past 15 years, documentary photography has been approached differently, and as a result, new ways of ‘telling’ have emerged. What was once the territory of the traditional photojournalist is now shared with photographers who see themselves as artists and collaborators, more interested in raising questions than in telling complete, digestible stories.
The image-makers in this exhibition use contemporary modes of photographic storytelling. They promote personal connection and long-term interaction with a subject. They seek respectful representation of marginal voices, and they co-opt narrative structures, and even fictions. All this asks for a deep and meaningful engagement by the viewer to unpack the truths of each subject.
Artists: Mathieu Asselin, Broomberg & Chanarin, Cristina de Middel, Laura El Tantawy, Yoshikatsu Fujii, Ashley Gilbertson, Gauri Gill and Rajesh Vangad, Zhang Kechun, Dana Lixenberg, Max Pinckers, Raphaela Rosella, Alec Soth, and James Tylor.