Photographers to reveal 'twilight' in London

The UK’s first major exhibition to explore the theme of twilight through contemporary photography and video is soon to grace London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

From October 10, the work of eight international photographers will go on display to give an insight into the visual and psychological effects of the poignant moment that follows sunset.

Organisers say the exhibition is a reaction to the increasing number of professional photographers who chose to focus their work on the romantic, emotional and eerie subject.

Works will be presented from both established and upcoming photographers including Robert Adams, Gregory Crewdson, Bill Henson, Boris Mikhailov; Chrystel Lebas and Liang Yue.

Israeli-born photographer Ori Gersht will join the impressive line-up, to showcase an exclusive video, to complement his Rear Window series – a snapshot of dramatic London skies.

Curators at the museum said twilight’s appeal to photographers stems from the momentary division between the “familiar and the unknown,” and the threshold between comfort and danger.

This will be championed by all the photographers, especially Philip-Lorca di Corcia, whose work shows the flip side of sunlit Hollywood by portraying male sex workers and drifters along Sunset Boulevard.

“This exhibition will reveal the allure of the magic moment of twilight,” said Martin Barnes, co-curator of the exhibition, Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour.

“In recent years, an increasing number of photographers internationally have chosen to explore the subject. It is an area of contemporary art where emotion and romanticism still have great currency.”

For more information, including free entry and prices please see the V&A’s website:


29th September 2006

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