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.
Although Vincent van Gogh never went to Japan, he fell under the influence of its art while living in Paris. Ahead of a blockbuster new exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, WILLIAM COOK discovers how the dynamic strokes of Japanese art seeped into the great painter’s late work.
Images of the fierce animal are so commonplace in art as to be overlooked. Alastair Sooke explores the meaning of this enduring icon.