Double Take: The Asia Photographs of Brian Brake and Steve McCurry

Organizers: Shanghai Center of Photography

Curator: Ian Wedde

Exhibition Opening: 4pm, 16 June, 2018

Exhibition Dates: 17 June to 9 September, 2018

Address: Shanghai Center of Photography, 2555-1 Longteng Avenue, Shanghai

Introduction:

The launch of Life magazine in 1936 set the stage for a hugely influential approach to using and seeing photographs: the photo essay came to dominate – and direct – the social, economic, and political narratives that underscored the 20th century. So much so that, today, images as "the photograph" are an essential tool for conveying all manner of scenes, incidents, stories of daily life, human experience and personas. "Double Take" presents the work of two exemplary, and hugely influential 20th-century photo essayists, the documentary photographers Brian Brake and Steve McCurry. Both Brake and, twenty years later, McCurry made their reputations as visual storytellers providing eyewitness accounts of great events.

Selected Works:

Brian Brake. “Monsoon girl” (Aparna Das Gupta), India. From the series: Monsoon, 1960. Collection Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Gift of Wai-man Lau, 2001.


Brian Brake. Crawford Market, Mumbai, India. From the series: Monsoon, 1960. Collection Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Gift of Wai-man Lau, 2001.


Brian Brake. Woman in Heian Period costume, Festival of the Ages, Kyoto, Japan, 1963. Collection Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Gift of Wai-man Lau, 2010.


Brian Brake. Film director Akira Kurosawa standing before an image of his principal star, Toshiro Mifune, Tokyo, 1963. Collection Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Gift of Wai-man Lau, 2001.


Steve McCurry.. Sharbat Gula, ‘Afghan Girl’, at Nasir Bagh refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, 1984. © Steve McCurry.


Steve McCurry. A flooded street, Porbandar, India, 1983. © Steve McCurry.


Steve McCurry. Flower seller at Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir, 1996. © Steve McCurry.


Steve McCurry. Shaolin monks training, Zhengzhou, China, 2004. © Steve McCurry.

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