The Barbican Centre is currently showing a double bill of exhibitions, featuring American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange and British photographer Vanessa Winship.
Lange's exhibition, "The Politics of Seeing" highlights key moments in her visual reportage, spanning from the 1930s to the 1960s. We were lucky to see Lange's most famous work, "Migrant Mother", at the exhibition. The iconic image successfully highlighted and humanised the plight of immigrants and minorities during the Great Depression. Lange would follow these themes of inequality, poverty, displacement and racism the rest of her career, as she captured the conditions of Japanese American internment camps in the 1940s, and post-industrialised California in the 1950s.
Winship's exhibition, "And Time Folds", largely focuses on Winship's coverage of everyday American's during President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012, focusing on the stasis experienced in their lives. WInship successfully portrays the lethargy and fatigue of the time through wide shots and low-key imagery.
As a photographer, going to both of these exhibitions was incredibly inspiring. Lange's eye for light, composition and her ability to capture the the humanity within her subjects and Winship's skill in creating an atmosphere with her photography left me feeling amazed. If you have a chance to go to these exhibitions, don't miss out!