Antony Cairns: London by Night

Join photographic artist Antony Cairns as he explores the city at night

Look Closer

Finding Francesca

Discover the ideas and inspiration behind Francesca Woodman’s haunting photographic self-portraits


Boris Mikhailov 'Photography was a way out'

The politics of everyday life during the Soviet era and its aftermath

Artists In the Collection

Art Terms


Photography refers to the process or practice of creating a photograph – an image produced by the action of light on a light-sensitive material

Conceptual photography

Conceptual photography is photography that illustrates an idea

Subjective photography

Subjective photography was an international movement founded in Germany by the photographer Otto Steinert in 1951 which championed photography that explored the inner psyche and human condition rather than reflecting the outside world


Afrapix was a photographers' collective and agency founded in South Africa in 1982 which encouraged its members to use photography as activism

Arab Image Foundation (AIF)

The Arab Image Foundation (AIF) is a not-for-profit organisation established in Beirut in 1997 to preserve, exhibit and study photographs from the Middle East, North Africa and the Arab diaspora from the nineteenth century to today

Hackney Flashers

Hackney Flashers was a women’s arts collective active between 1974 and 1980. Most of the group were photographers and defined themselves as socialists and feminists

Polaroid print

A Polaroid print is a positive print that is produced almost instantly shortly after exposure by a Polaroid camera


Photojournalism is a form of journalism which tells a news story through powerful photography which traditionally are black and white images

Market Photo Workshop

Founded by the documentary photographer David Goldblatt in 1989, Market Photo Workshop was originally set up to support black photographers in apartheid South Africa, enabling them access to workshops and education and international photographers


A photogram is a photographic print made by laying objects onto photographic paper and exposing it to light

Art In The Collection


Be Inspired

Inspired by

Stand Firm

Writer Jay Bernard reflects on the lives of Black communities living in London and their representation in contemporary media and ...

Look Closer

The Photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe

From portraits of iconic figures in the art and music world to powerful and moving self-portraits

Tate Kids Art and Technology

Experimental Photography

Explore the magic of photographic image-making and create a unique cyanotype print

Dig Deeper


Surface tension

Thomas Ruff insists that his photographs capture only 'the surface of things'. But is there more than meets the eye?


Shigeo Anzaï

Shigeo Anzaï’s photography career began by documenting the 1970 Tokyo Biennale. In this interview he discusses his personal experience of ...

Tate Papers

Lawrence Alloway’s Spatial Utopia: Contemporary Photography as ‘Horizontal Description’

The mobility of art was a concept central to British critic Lawrence Alloway’s understanding of the role of visual ...

Tate Etc

Through the Lens of Abstraction

American photographer Barbara Kasten pays homage to the modernist practitioners who have influenced her