Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, exhibition guide Introduction

Exposed voyeurism surveillence and the camera exhibition banner

Since its invention, the camera has been used to make images surreptitiously and satisfy the desire to see what is hidden. Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera examines photography’s role in voyeuristic looking from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present day. It includes pictures taken by professional photographers and artists, but also images made without our knowledge on a daily basis through the proliferation of CCTV.

The exhibition is divided into five thematic sections: The Unseen Photographer, Celebrity and the Public Gaze, Voyeurism and Desire, Witnessing Violence, and Surveillance. In each case, the nature and character of invasive looking is evident not only in the images themselves, but also in the ways in which the viewer is implicated in acts of voyeurism. Rather than blame the camera for showing illicit or forbidden material, Exposed explores the uneasy relationship between making and viewing images that deliberately cross lines of privacy and propriety.

Exposed The Unseen Photographer

Exposed. Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Tate Modern 28 May – 3 October 2010, exhibition guide, The Unseen Photographer

Exposed Celebrity and the Public Gaze

Exposed. Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Tate Modern 28 May – 3 October 2010, exhibition guide, Celebrity and the Public Gaze

Exposed Voyeurism and Desire

Exposed. Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Tate Modern 28 May – 3 October 2010, exhibition guide, Voyeurism and Desire

Exposed Witnessing Violence

Exposed. Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Tate Modern 28 May – 3 October 2010, exhibition guide, Witnessing Violence

Exposed Surveillance

Exposed. Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Tate Modern 28 May – 3 October 2010, exhibition guide, Surveillance