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Sex and violence at photography exhibition

 14th Jun 2010

Exposed exhibition Tate ModernA new photography exhibition at the Tate Modern in London takes an in-depth look at the human appetite for voyeurism, celebrity, sex and violence.

The exhibition features prized images from the 1850s up to modern day.

All are snapped without the subject’s knowledge or participation, all capture a private moment forever made public.

Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera includes works from celebrated photographers such as Lee Miller, Helmut Newton, Paul Strand, Garry Winogrand and Weegee - as well as amateur and less well-known photographers.

One of the collections shows a night scene of the streets of Paris in the 1920s complete with bare-breasted dancers, tramps, street cleaners and women in ballgowns.

Another notable inclusion is the work of Weegee, the mid 20th-century American crime photographer. It is said that no photographer has captured horror, crime, sex and their emotional repercussions as enthusiastically as Weegee.

Celebrity images are also included in this photography exhibition with Jackie Kennedy, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton side by side with more modern day camera favourites.

Images of the ordinary person are documented just as carefully. Stolen snaps of faces in a New York subway and an encounter between sex worker and client in a dark lane.

"We are raising questions about boundaries, about technology. There are serious moral questions about who's looking, how they're looking and why they're looking,” described Simon Baker, the Tate Modern's photography curator.

The exhibition runs until 3 October.