V&A Making it Up: Photographic Fictions Exhibition Review

We recently visited the Making it Up: Photographic Fictions exhibition on display at the Victoria & Albert museum until 19 March 2014, free to enter.

© Clementina Lady Hawarden

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s current display Making it Up: Photographic Fictions challenges the assumption that a photograph conveys truthfulness. Comprised of works from the museum’s permanent collection, the display features photographs that have been staged by the photographer to relay a story.

Featuring photographs by some of the most influential contemporary artists working in this vein, such as Gregory Crewdson, Duane Michals and Cindy Sherman, alongside examples by 19th-century practitioners including Julia Margaret Cameron, Clementina Lady Hawarden and Oscar Gustav Rejlander.

Photographs from nineteenth century photographers are juxtaposed alongside works by contemporary artists to show how artists from the earliest stages of photography used staging in their photographs and the continued use of staging by photographers into the present.

Frances Kearney Roger Fenton Lady Clementina Hawarden Cindy Sherman

Review by Meg Ryder, Photofusion intern