Human Rights Human Wrongs – photography

The Photographers’ Gallery will host an exhibition called Human Rights Human Wrongs, examining photojournalism and its humanitarian context.

Bob Fitch, Martin L. King, 1968
Bob Fitch, Martin L. King, 1968

The gallery has collaborated with charity Autograph ABP London and the Ryerson Image Centre for the exhibition.

Showcasing photographs taken since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the exhibit draws from the Black Star Collection of photoreportage in the 20th century, which includes images from iconic events and conflicts such as the US Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, uprisings in the Middle East and South America and independence movements in Africa. 

The photographs span between 1945 until the early ’90s, “consciously moving away from the didactic perspectives on history” and focusing on the globalised context of the photography displayed and its impact on humanitarianism. Magazines and texts will also be on show.

Some of the photographs on display will include Martin L. King (Dr Martin Luther King Jr.) by Bob Fitch from 1965, capturing King in Birmingham, Alabama and Biafra by Carlo Bavagnoli from 1968, depicting a child in Nigeria.

Charles Moore, Birmingham, 1963
Charles Moore, Birmingham, 1963

Alongside a focus on particular photographs, the exhibition aims to question how images are chosen and circulated and the cultural significance they produce within the theme of human rights.

Curator Mark Sealy says: “I wanted audiences to really think about what this human right to recognition actually means, and how such recognition is generated and controlled, especially in terms of image production and circulation.”

Human Rights Human Wrongs runs from 6 February – 6 April 2015 at The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW.

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