Art of Arrangement



Art of Arrangement: Photography and the Still Life Tradition
Gallery One & Two: 17 November 2012 - 10 February 2013

Still life has captured the imagination of photographers from the early 19th century to the present day. When the first photographers adopted the still life genre, they inherited a visual tradition established in centuries of painting. It is a tradition full of lavish, exotic and sometimes dark arrangements that are rich with symbolic depth and meaning.

This exhibition investigates the history of the still life photograph, through the National Media Museum’s Collection. It considers the formal and aesthetic conventions photographers have used, and how these have been adapted and subverted to extend creative expression in their work.

Symbolism in Still Life Photography for Art of Arrangement