States of America looks back on a generation of practitioners who experimented with documentary photography throughout three decades that shaped the polarised landscape of Trump’s America. Drawing from the collection of the Wilson Centre for Photography, this timely exhibition will stretch from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era, exploring former tectonic shifts in American society and politics. From the decay of city centres and the decline of industry to suburban sprawl and the development of mass advertising, photographers such as Diane Arbus, Louis Draper, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore and Bruce Davidson provide a visual insight into the nation’s turbulent past, present and future.
States of America, Photography from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era, 16 September-26 November, Nottingham Contemporary.
1. Dawoud Bey, A Boy in Front of the Loew’s 125th Street Movie Theater, 1976 (printed 1979). Gelatin silver print, 230 x 150 mm. © Dawoud Bey. Courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery.