Two new exhibitions showcase the American photographer’s extraordinary self-portraits.
Between 1978 and 1980, Abbas captured images of the Iranian Revolution that covered violence on both sides. In the final film of our Through the Lens series, he reveals how he sees himself as “a historian of the present”.
Ansel Adams’ images celebrate the wonder of the American West. In Civilisations: Picturing Paradise Simon Schama praises him for sharing the “luminous majesty” of the land with the world. While landscape photography and conservation were his main focus, during World War Two Adams turned his lens towards the treatment of a specific ethnic group.
Nobuhiro Nakanishi’s mesmerizing body of work entitled Layered Drawings is truly breathtaking. He photographs a scene or object repeatedly over time, then laser prints each shot and mounts them onto acrylic. Change is captured in each frame, and once layered, they become sculpture installations. The overall effect shows movement and the subtle passage of time.
Photojournalist Eddie Adams captured one of the most famous images of the Vietnam War – the very instant of an execution during the chaos of the Tet Offensive. It would bring him a lifetime of glory, but as James Jeffrey writes, also of sorrow.