A first look at Collected Shadows in The Andrew Brownsword Galleries

A preview of Collected Shadows, displaying an eclectic selection of 200 photographs drawn from the extensive collection of The Archive of Modern Conflict.

The Archive of Modern Conflict was first established 25 years ago as a repository for vernacular photography and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars. It has since grown to a total of eight million images encompassing a plethora of subject matter – not solely defined by war and conflict – collected from diverse sources all over the world.

Curated by AMC Director, Timothy Prus, Collected Shadows offers a glimpse into these extraordinary holdings. This eclectic display includes scientific, astronomical and botanical studies, studio sittings, portraits and private snapshots, press photographs, film stills and aerial photographs from several wars, as well as a rich and unpredictable array of works we would simply have to call art.

A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition from Southbank Centre, London, organised in collaboration with The Archive of Modern Conflict, London.

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A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by the writer and critic Brian Dillon will be available at a special exhibition price.


Photography Policy: please refrain from photographing or filming any work in the exhibition.

Image credit: The Art of Spinning, c1890