Future focus

Rather than resting on its laurels the Musée de l’Elysée took a risk for its 20th anniversary.

Tem Vieski, Cape Town.Part of a series by Pieter Hugo

Similarly, Swiss-born London College of Communication graduate Bianca Brunner presents a series that could easily form the backdrop for a Vogue fashion shoot, but is undoubtedly art photography in the best tradition of the form, an architectural exploration interlacing present and absent rooms that is as valid and absorbing as Tacita Dean’s film Boots, recently shown at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

While there’s undoubtedly a wide spectrum of work in Ewing and his team’s selection, there’s one school that Ewing believes is a great loss – street photography. ‘The hunter, searching, searching, perhaps all day without an image,’ he commiserates. ‘Against that, a young person who sets up a street scene and gets the whole thing done in an hour or two. I wonder, beyond the glamour of the latter… Which one will hold its power longer?’ The answer, come 2025, may prove to be very pertinent.

ReGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow 2005-2025 runs from 23 June – 23 October at the Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne. Tel: 00 41 21 316 9911 or visit www.elysee.ch. An accompanying book will be published in September by Thames & Hudson

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