Everything Was Moving is a major photography show exploring the changing world of the 60s and 70s through the lenses of twelve renowned international photographers.
The exhibition features a range of compelling photography taken during a pertinent time in history, when many countries around the world were experiencing a social and political transformation. From the Cultural Revolution to the Cold War; from America’s colonialist misadventure in Vietnam to the indelible values of the civil rights movement; this was the defining period of the modern age.
It also coincided with a golden age in photography and the moment when the medium flowered as a modern art form. Less concerned to change the world, or to merely describe it, a new generation of photographers were driven to understand that world, as well as their place within it.
Bringing together over 400 works, many shown in the UK for the first time, Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s presents some of the most inspiring voices in 20th century photography, in order to reflect on the world then – and now.
Featuring Larry Burrows, Ernest Cole, Bruce Davidson, William Eggleston, David Goldblatt, Graciela Iturbide, Boris Mikhailov, Sigmar Polke, Raghubir Singh, Malick Sidibé, Shomei Tomatsu, and Li Zhensheng.
Instagram caption competition
To celebrate Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s, we invited weekly submissions for an Instagram caption competition in response to five different captions. The winning entries each received a pair of tickets to the exhibition plus a special prize.
And the winners are…
Week 1 - "A shift in power "
@annamironovalore wins a pair of tickets to Everything Was Moving and a year’s subscription to Hotshoe Magazine
Week 2 - "How did we get here?"
@dviewfinder wins a pair of tickets to Everything Was Moving and a Lomography camera
Week 3 - "Frozen in time"
@tophography wins a pair of tickets to Everything Was Moving and £50 Photoworks voucher and magazine
Week 4 - "Everything is moving"
@teklaszocs wins a pair of tickets to Everything Was Moving and a place on the Museum of London photography course
Week 5 - "Not as you imagined"
@thomas_berger wins a pair of tickets to Everything Was Moving and a year’s subscription to Black and White Photography magazine
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In Conversation with David Goldblatt
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Critically acclaimed South African photographer David Goldblatt, renowned for his sharp yet subtle take on life under apartheid, discusses his work with the London-based artist duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.
In Conversation with Li Zhensheng
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Chinese photographer Li Zhensheng discusses with Robert Pledge, co-founder of Contact Press Images, the legacy of his unparalleled photographic project that reveals the stark realities of life during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-76).
Everything Was Moving Soundtrack
Listen to our selection of 60s and 70s music from the countries documented in the exhibition
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Alternatively, download the full biographies as a pdf [3.4Mb] .
Born into a working-class family in the North London borough of Haringey in 1926, Larry Burrows left school at 16. In 1942, he began working in the photo lab at Life magazine as a technician and tea boy. The magazine’s London bureau had become home to the great photographers of the time, including Robert Capa and George Rodger, both of whom Burrows often saw returning from their photographic assignments in Europe where World War II was being played out. more...
Ernest Cole was born in 1940 in Eersterust, a black freehold township ten miles east of Pretoria, which was both the administrative and apartheid capital of South Africa. His mother was a washerwoman doing laundry for the white families of Pretoria while his father worked from home as a tailor, altering and mending clothes for his African customers. more...
Born in 1933 in Oak Park, a town west of Chicago, Bruce Davidson was raised by his single mother. She actively encouraged him from the tender age of ten to pursue his love of photography, allowing him to take the l train and wander the streets of Chicago, taking photographs of daily life. He developed the images in a darkroom (built for him by his uncle) in the basement of their home. Shortly after, a local commercial photographer taught him the technical nuances of photography, in addition to lighting and printing skills. more...
William Eggleston was born in 1939 in Memphis, Tennessee on the northern edge of the Mississippi Delta, where he continues to live and work. He grew up in a cotton-farming family in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi; his father was an engineer and his mother was the daughter of a prominent local judge. Schooled in Sumner, Mississippi he later attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Delta State College and the University of Mississippi where he studied photography among other subjects, although he acknowledges that photography was not widely taught then, and he was largely left to learn by himself. He acquired his first camera, a Canon rangefinder, in 1957, followed by a leica in 1958. In 1959, he encountered the published work of black-and-white photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson (The Decisive Moment, 1952) and Walker Evans (American Photographs, 1938). Both had a profound influence on Eggleston’s approach to photography. His early experiments were in black and white, although by 1965 he began working with colour negative film, and from 1967 onwards he worked exclusively with colour transparency film. more...
David Goldblatt was born in Randfontein, South Africa, in 1930, the third son of Eli Goldblatt and Olga light both of whom came to South Africa as children with their parents, to escape the persecution of the lithuanian Jewish communities in the 1890s. more...
Born into a wealthy conservative Catholic family in Mexico City in 1942, Graciela Iturbide was the eldest of 13 children. Her father, a camera hobbyist, introduced her to photography at a young age. Despite her ambitions to be a writer, family and societal pressure persuaded her to marry at the age of 20 and she had three children. more...
In 1938, Boris Mikhailov was born into a middle-class Jewish family in Kharkov, Ukraine, part of the former Soviet Union. Both his mother and father were engineers with senior positions, although his mother actively encouraged Boris’s artistic interests from a young age, in the hope that he would become a writer. By 1941, as World War II intensified Mikhailov’s father was called up to serve as an officer. Boris and his mother, whose livelihood in the engineering factory had been devastated by the war, were forced to evacuate to the Urals as the German army approached, only returning to their home city two years later. more...
Sigmar Polke was born at the height of World War II in what was then the German town of Oels in lower Silesia in 1941. The province had been annexed by Prussia a century earlier; under Hitler its Jewish population was decimated, many dying in the camp at nearby Oswiecim, then known as Auschwitz. In 1945, lower Silesia, heavily damaged by the Red Army, was taken over by the Soviet Union following the Potsdam Conference, and Polke’s family fled westward, first to Thuringia in East Germany and then, in 1953, to the Rhineland and the West. In their various exiles, the Polke family lost everything. more...
Born in the small rural town of Soloba, Mali – formerly southern French Sudan – Malick Sidibé is considered one of the most important African photographers of his generation. His artistic talents were noticed at an early age and, in 1952, he was accepted at the prestigious Ecole des Artisans Soudanais, now the Institut National des Arts, in the country’s capital Bamako. He graduated in 1955 having studied jewelry production. more...
Born in Jaipur, India, in 1942, Raghubir Singh recalls in the preface of his book on Rajasthan (1981) that his youth was marked by the changing fortunes of the Rajput community in post-independence India. more...
Born in Nagoya, Japan, in 1930, Tomatsu came of age as the sun was setting on the Japanese Empire, which had invaded China in 1937 before aligning itself with Germany and Italy through the Tripartite Pact in 1940. Tomatsu directly felt the effects of World War II, as his home town of Nagoya, a key industrial city, suffered relentless air raids by the American allied power. The war’s outcome resulted in a US-led Allied Occupation and a prolonged American military presence in Japan, which lasted until 1952. The aftermath of World War II provided Tomatsu with powerfully moving and visually compelling subject matter, which has had a lasting impact on his life and work. more...
li Zhensheng was born in September 1940 in the port city of Dalian, at a time when China’s three northeastern provinces – Heilongjiang, Jilin and liaoning – were under Japanese occupation. He was three years old when his mother died. To escape the fighting, his father, a cook on a steamboat, relocated the family to his hometown in Shandong Province, where li helped till the fields until the age of ten. His seventeen-yearold brother, a member of Mao Zedong’s People’s liberation Army, was killed in the autumn of 1949 shortly before the end of China’s civil war between the victorious communist forces and Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists. more...
The editor of Black+White Photography, Elizabeth Roberts, advises how to approach printing the photographic image.
In praise of the print
When I see an eminent exhibition such as Everything Was Moving, it makes me realise how much I value the photographic print. In an age when there are so many devices on which to view imagery, the print stands out as special. Its tactile quality, and the expertise that goes into producing it (whether in the darkroom or digitally), makes it an object of unique value.
A printed image takes on a life of its own. Printed small and held in the hand, it gives out one message; printed large and hung on a wall, it gives out another, subtly different message. Framed, unframed, displayed or boxed, the print can metamorphose in many ways.
If you’ve never done any printing before, try it – it can be really rewarding. But, before you do, here are a few things to think about to get the best from the experience:
Learn the skills – because good printing isn’t easy, but there is plenty of information on the subject in books, magazines, online or in formal teaching. Learn the basics and build up your skills. Talk to other printers and swap information.
Remember that printing is expensive – while shooting is cheap, so edit your work carefully before you decide to print – don’t waste money on an image that isn’t worth it.
Print small to start with – and live with it for a while. You’ll soon know whether you want to scale it up or not. It will tell you.
Love your prints – give them a home: a clamshell box, a portfolio or folder, and frame your favourites ones. Keep your top 20 prints together and reassess them every so often. You might find you want to take one out and replace it with a new one, but keep a constant 20. If you’re prolific, start a new box every year.
Be proud of your prints – show them to people, let them handle them, and listen to what they say about your work. It’s a great way of understanding what others see in your images.
Sell your prints – there are plenty of small and large outlets for print sales, from local galleries to the internet.
Bond with other printers – join or start a print exchange group and comment on each others’ work. You can do this by post or in person.
Elizabeth Roberts, Editor, Black+White Photography
Image credit: Eddie Ephraums