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Valérie Belin : Reflection


The V&A unveils a major new photography commission by internationally-acclaimed artist Valérie Belin. Known for her monumental photographs exploring artifice, identify and representation, Belin has found inspiration inthe V&A’s photographs collectionfor hernew series Reflection. Ten of Belin’s resulting 173 x 130cm pigment prints will be on display in the V&A Photography Centre from 23 October 2019 to 31 August 2020. Belin was drawn to the street photography of Eugène Atget(1857-1927), Walker Evans (1903-75) and Lee Friedlander (b. 1934), alongside commercial pictures of shopfront window displays by New York’s Worsinger Window Service and works by graphic designer, Robert Brownjohn (1920-70). Through this new series, Belin examines the visual vernacular of the street while emphasising illusionary effects created by layered reflections. Reflection continues her ongoing enquiries into the tension between the real and the imaginary, interrogating stereotypes, while furthering her interest in the visual language of commerce and typography. As Belin delved further into the V&A’s collectionof over 800,000 photographs, it was Brownjohn’s images of 1960s London,taken in the wake of post war-austerity, that resonated most. Brownjohn used his images as source...

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