This exhibition is on at the V&A until Sunday 5th March. Every photograph has at least one camera either in the picture or reflected or shadowed.
The large black and white striking image at the start is:
This picture is made completely unique – ie. ruined – by the reflection of my turquoise jumper on the glass of the frame!
Rather like me, Eugene Atget, suffered from reflections on his photos of the snapshot being made – and there are 2 examples of this in the exhibition.
Andre Kertesz, master of shadow in photography, took this self-portrait:
Another standout for me was Henri Cartier-Bresson, who managed to somehow take a photo of lots of faces with a great variety of emotion, as a religious procession went by.
All of these are only a few samples from 120 photos – available to view, for free, in room 39a.
And finally a new and intriguing favourite which I need to check out – new names to me – Philippe Halsmann and his wife, who each year made a playful photograph for their Christmas card. This one was in the show:
Who could resist receiving such a personal and lovely statement?
Now there’s a great challenge for creatives – to each year make a Christmas piece as a card (or printed present) to give to friends. In these throwaway moments where we are just being ourselves and playful, we may acccidentally make our best art.