States of America: Photography from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era

in Inspiration / Photography

This autumn, Nottingham Contemporary will present States of America, its first ever group exhibition dedicated to photography. Bringing together almost 250 works by 16 iconic photographers, and spanning the 1960s to the late '80s, the exhibition will be one of the largest overviews of North American photography in the UK in recent years.

The show will focus on a generation of photographers that experimented with innovative approaches to documentary photography. Drawing from the collection of the Wilson Centre for Photography, it will include key works by Diane Arbus, Louis Draper, William Eggleston and Bruce Davidson, as well as Stephen Shore, who in November will be the subject of a major retrospective at MoMA in New York.

This timely exhibition will stretch from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era, three decades that shaped the polarised landscape of Trump's America, and will explore 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. Not to be missed. More info at nottinghamcontemporary.org.

Main image credit: Stephen Shore Ginger Shore, Causeway Inn, from Uncommon Places 1977 C-Print PS W 610 x H 510 unmounted

Dawoud Bey A Boy in Front of the Loew's 125th Street Movie Theater 1976, Printed by 1979 Gelatin Silver print 230 x 150

Dawoud Bey A Boy in Front of the Loew's 125th Street Movie Theater 1976, Printed by 1979 Gelatin Silver print 230 x 150

Mark Cohen B10 Young Girl at Beach, New Jersey 1977, Courtesy of Wilson Centre for Photography. © Mark Cohen

Mark Cohen B10 Young Girl at Beach, New Jersey 1977, Courtesy of Wilson Centre for Photography. © Mark Cohen

Bill Owens, "I wanted Christina to learn some responsibility for cleaning her room, but it didn't work", c 1973. Wilson Centre for Photography.

Bill Owens, "I wanted Christina to learn some responsibility for cleaning her room, but it didn't work", c 1973. Wilson Centre for Photography.

William Eggleston Las Vegas (yellow shirt guy at pinball machine) "Los Alamos" Folio 4 1965-68 Dye Transfer Print PS W 508 x H 403

William Eggleston Las Vegas (yellow shirt guy at pinball machine) "Los Alamos" Folio 4 1965-68 Dye Transfer Print PS W 508 x H 403

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