The Body Observed: Iconic images by Magnum photographers that explore the human body

Argentina. Buenos Aires. 2001. Ophelias.© Alessandra Sanguinetti/Magnum Photos

The Body Observed, a major new photography exhibition, organised by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and Magnum Photos, will include over 130 works from the 1930s to the present.

Running from 23 March until 30 June 2019, the group show will explore how Magnum photographers have turned their lens to the human body, examining issues such as identity, intimacy, sexuality and ritual, to voyeurism and performance amongst others.

It will include well-known images such as Eve Arnold's portraits of Hollywood icon Joan Crawford, and Philippe Halsman's Dalí Atomicus, a work selected for TIME magazine’s "100 Most Influential Images of All Time" in 2016.

Also featured are photographs by Alec Soth from his series Niagara— an exploration of melancholy love in one of America’s best-known honeymoon destinations, photographs from Susan Meiselas’ celebrated Carnival Strippers series and Alessandra Sanguinetti's Ophelias, from The Adventures of Guille and Belinda, inspired by John Everett Millais' classic painting.

"The body has been a recurrent subject throughout the history of art but the advent of photography offered new opportunities to engage with past modes of representation," states the Sainsbury Centre. "Photography had the potential to mimic or subvert existing visual codes and the camera has been used to examine, categorise, scrutinise and objectify the human form, establishing a new visual language."

The Body Observed will be curated by Monserrat Pis Marcos, curator at the Sainsbury Centre, in collaboration with Emily Graham, Cultural Commissions & Partnerships at Magnum Photos.

France. Paris. November 2, 2017. Agata. © Bieke Depoorter/Magnum Photos

France. Paris. November 2, 2017. Agata. © Bieke Depoorter/Magnum Photos

USA. Tunbridge, Vermont. 1975. New Girl. © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

USA. Tunbridge, Vermont. 1975. New Girl. © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

USA. Los Angeles. American actress Joan CRAWFORD. 1959. © Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

USA. Los Angeles. American actress Joan CRAWFORD. 1959. © Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

Greece. Athens. Circa 1936. Young man with laurel over the eyes. © Herbert List/Magnum Photos

Greece. Athens. Circa 1936. Young man with laurel over the eyes. © Herbert List/Magnum Photos

Spanish painter Salvador DALI. "Dali Atomicus." 1948. © Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos

Spanish painter Salvador DALI. "Dali Atomicus." 1948. © Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos

Canada. 2004. Two towels. © Alec Soth/Magnum Photos

Canada. 2004. Two towels. © Alec Soth/Magnum Photos

Spain. Galicia. 1992. El boteiro. Vilariño de Conso. © Cristina Garcia Rodero/Magnum Photos

Spain. Galicia. 1992. El boteiro. Vilariño de Conso. © Cristina Garcia Rodero/Magnum Photos

Lithuania. Vilnius. 2004. © Antoine d’Agata/Magnum Photos

Lithuania. Vilnius. 2004. © Antoine d’Agata/Magnum Photos

Switzerland. Zurich. "Zebra woman". 1942. © Werner Bischof/Magnum Photos

Switzerland. Zurich. "Zebra woman". 1942. © Werner Bischof/Magnum Photos