Gaze - Changing face of portrait photography


Olivier, French Foreign Legion, Camp Général de Gaulle, Libreville, Gabon, 02 June, 2002, by Rineke Dijkstra, courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Istanbul Modern, Turkey
The gaze of the portrait’s subject reaches not only the lens of the camera but the future viewer as well. The sitter poses consciously, leaving a message for the future from his/her own time. Boundless possibilities for communication and meaning arise from the relationship the subject establishes with the viewer. The portrait stands at the very centre of a network established between different times and spaces; each gaze opens the door to another existence. This exhibition sheds light on 160 years of portrait photography through the works of 54 photographers selected from the Bank of America collection.