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Light on paper

Today everyone is a photographer. But are you the sort who gets aroused by things such as '40-segment multi-pattern metering' or 'making albumen prints in your kitchen'? Then this show will tickle you in the right place.

art and culture Updated: Mar 18, 2011 23:04 IST
Amitava Sanyal

Today everyone is a photographer. But are you the sort who gets aroused by things such as '40-segment multi-pattern metering' or 'making albumen prints in your kitchen'? Then this show will tickle you in the right place.

'Something That I'll Never Really See' - a fruit of last year's Indo-British pact on cultural exchange - is a show of contemporary photographs curated from the permanent collection of London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

More than ways of looking at subjects or what's in the frame, many of the 40 images on show evoke curiosity about the various ways of shooting photographs.

Gary Fabian Miller's 'February 10th-15th, 1991' is a set of seven 'camera-less' images made by placing seeds of the Honesty plant - named so because of its translucent seed-pods - in a photographic enlarger. Light was transmitted through the seed heads on to positive colour papers.

Then there's Andy Lock's image of a bare room, re-photographed from a projection on a phosphorescent surface. Or Chris McCaw's 'Sunburned', a long-exposure shot of the sun that burnt a wound-like gash on paper.

The show's title is borrowed from that of a portrait of photographer Gavin Turk taken by Anthony Oliver. It shows Turk with his eyes closed, as if mocking the viewfinder or the notion of 'capturing a moment'. It works another way too: as if the artist is immersed in his inner geekdom.

@ NGMA till April 10, 10am to 5pm, Mondays closed. A series of conversations with Indian photographers is planned around the show. The first one, between Dayanita Singh and Namita Gokhale, is on March 24 at 6pm