Gaze – The Changing Face of Portrait Photography

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New exhibition at Istanbul Modern Photography Gallery features 54 photographers

Gaze – The Changing Face of Portrait Photography

Gaze – The Changing Face of Portrait Photography to be held at the Istanbul Modern Photography Gallery from October 3, 2012 to January 20, 2013 sheds light on the 160 years of portrait photography through 72 works by 54 photographers, on loan from the Bank of America Art Collection as part of the company’s Art in our Communities™ programme.

Bringing together artists associated with many of the major developments in the medium of photography, this exhibition explores the evolution of the photographic portrait in terms of technique, content and aesthetics. The exhibition Gaze traces changes in society, mind-sets, and artistic tendencies throughout the history of photography, from the first examples of portraiture to the present day. Early studio photography, some of the first depictions of war, pioneers in the genres of photojournalism and documentary photography, as well as well-known contemporary artists, are brought together through this exhibition. Curated by Sena Çakırkaya, the show not only examines portraiture but also traces the social and artistic transformations that have taken place since the emergence of photography to the present