Exposing an alternative side to world events

Story by Jack Foley

THE power of photography has already been expressed in one exhibition in London this year (Proud Central's The Shots That Changed The World); but it is the focus of attention again - at Proud Camden Moss - with a new exhibition entitled Underexposed II.

But whereas the former captured some of modern history's better known images (such as the hoisting of the US flag at Iwo Jima or the picture of a naked nine-year-old girl fleeing a napalm strike in Vietnam), Underexposed concentrates on those photographers who don't always attract the attention they deserve.

In certain cases, work which captures the darker side of human life is all too often banned, hidden away or manipulated for reasons such as political expediency or to protect our sensibilities - as though viewers haven't seen too much already!

Underexposed II, as its name suggests, unearths such hidden images, taking in everything from Haiti to Tiananmen Square and, of course, the horrific events of September 11, 2001, which changed our view of the world forever.

So whether they are depicting images of torture, murder, human or animal rights abuses, or merely capturing an alternative (but real) take on a world event, all the images are said to inspire the viewer to asking questions about the situation and their own view of the world in general.

Visually challenging, as well as intellectually stimulating - and with a power that is unquestionable - the pictures demand to be seen and judged on their own merits.

Our featured image was taken by Magnum photographer Thomas Hoepker on the day of the attacks on America and while it may not be one that is featured at the exhibition (I have yet to see it!), another of his images from the day is no less captivating in its own way. Entitled A Day In The Sun, it features a group of Americans sitting in the morning sun (almost in Gap poster mode!), chatting while the smoke from the collapsing towers can be seen in the background.

Underexposed II is on until June 2 at Proud Camden Moss, 10 Greenlands Street, NW1, from 10am to 7pm. Entry costs £3 (£2 conc). Tel: 020 7839 4942 or visit the web link above.
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