Bristol’s Royal Photographic Society’s latest exhibition moves away from the traditional exhibition format of focusing on one artist or project. Instead, a breadth of beauty is displayed via five individually striking image-makers: Adama Jalloh, Laia Abril, Widline Cadet, Alba Zari and Hoda Afsh.
A variety of locations and practices are thus presented via the artists who have individual aesthetics and areas of interest. The shared central theme however is that all words focus on examining complex issues, both personal and communal. Themes such as gender-based violence and immigration identity are tackled and unpacked.
It is not the first time such an idea has been executed and the Society credits John Szarkowski’s curatorial debut at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1963 as its inspiration. The 1963 exhibit was a “group of one-man shows” entitled Five Unrelated Photographers: Heyman, Krause, Liebling, White and Winogrand.