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Grand Illusions, Staged Photography from the Met Collection

Until 18th January 2016

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is devoting an exhibition for the first time to staged photography, Grand Illusions, until 18th January 2016.

This exhibition tells the history of photography through the decades. This survey, in the exhibition entitled Grand Illusions based on forty or so photos, studies the direct relationship between photographer and image. Tracing the history of photography from the time of its invention, the selected works highlight the way that photographers are creative with their pictures, giving both voice and feeling to the visual.

With the exhibition Grand Illusions, the Metropolitan Museum of Art shows the visitor how the art of photography is an admixture of fiction and reality, allowing the imaginary to be presented as reality. The exhibition offers the viewer a fresh look at the work of the photographer. It draws our attention to the minutely detailed arrangement of photographed scenes such as that in Lewis Carroll’s St George and the Dragon from 1875, or the staging of Rene Magritte’s La Mort des Fantômes (1928), on which he based a painting.

Grand Illusions also highlights the promiscuous relationship between photography and other media like literature, film and advertising. This is also the opportunity for the public to see a huge mural of an elegant woman from the 1860s. The exhibition asks us – is this a photograph? Is it a Hollywood film poster or a fictitious magazine cover? By underlining the persuasive power of pictures in the media, the exhibition shows how the supposed veracity of photography is in the end only a fictive staging or a focussed reality.

Through the history of photography, the Met gives visitors an opportunity to consider the world of digital manipulation and the power of images in society today.

For further details on the exhibition dedicated to photography at the Metropolitan of Art

Place : Metropolitan Museum of Art

Address : 1000 Fifth Avenue - New York, NY 10028

District : Central park

Open hours : Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 9.30am - 5.30pm. Friday and Saturday: 9.30am - 9pm. Closed on Monday.

Transport : Metro: 86th St

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