The Showing: “Artificial Light: Flash Photography in the Twentieth Century,” an exhibit curated by Amanda Bock GS.
Dates and Location: May 24 – Aug. 3, 2014, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Main Building, the Lynne and Harold Honickman Gallery. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and until 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
The Curator: Bock was a Goldsmiths Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for three years and today is project assistant curator in the department of prints, drawings, and photographs. She also is a Ph.D. student at Princeton working on her dissertation in art history.
The Exhibition: “Artificial Light” explores the history of flash photography. The use of flash helped in science; included in this exhibition are MIT scientist Harold Edgerton’s high-speed, stop-action prints and Berenice Abbott’s photographic illustrations of scientific principles. Flash also influenced journalistic and documentary work — the show includes images by Walker Evans, Lucy Ashjian, and Gordon Parks, who sought to generate awareness of the plight of exploited groups. “By the 1940s, flash started to become integrated into the camera itself, making it the perfect tool for capturing the fast pace of modern urban life, perhaps most notably by the famed tabloid photographer Weegee,” states the press release.