A policeman stands in Central Park following a failed resuscitation in 1957. Must-see international photography in August 2019

Must-see international photography in August 2019

Check out our round-up of the must-see international photography on offer this month.

From garden spaces as a metaphor for the state of the world to a photographic odyssey to the Moon, this is must-see international photography you won’t want to miss.

A black-and-white photo of a man laying on his back by Dave Heath. Part of our round-up of must-see international photography in August 2019
Dave Heath, Canadian (Philadelphia 1931–2016 Toronto). Carl Dean Kipper, Korea, 1953–54. Gelatin silver print, 17.1 × 24.7 cm. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.1427.
© Howard Greenberg Gallery and Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Multitude, Solitude

Praised in photography circles, yet little known to the public, street photographer Dave Heath is the subject of this major retrospective.

Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath is the largest selection of Heath’s work ever presented to the public.

It also includes Heath’s original maquette of A Dialogue with Solitude – recognised as one of the most important photo books of the 20th century – and Beyond the Gates of Eden, his first audiovisual slide show.

This exhibition focuses on Heath’s skilful crafting of the photographic print, as well as his innovative use of sequencing.

Multitude, Solitude, Dave Heath, National Gallery of Canada, until September 2.

Main image: Dave Heath, Canadian (Philadelphia 1931–2016 Toronto). Failed Resuscitation, Central Park, New York City, 1957. Gelatin silver print, 16.1 × 24.1 cm. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2005.37.170. © Howard Greenberg Gallery and Stephen Bulger Gallery.

Remains of material found in the ocean as photographed by Mandy Barker.
Clothing & Material 1 – 5 Years, or INDEFINITE? From the series Indefinite. 
© Mandy Barker/courtesy Impressions Gallery

Our Plastic Ocean

Mandy Barker addresses the current global crisis of marine plastic pollution in this first major touring retrospective of her work.

Collecting debris from shorelines across the world, she transforms her finds into powerful and captivating images.

At first glance, Barker’s images are reminiscent of sea creatures and corals suspended in a dark void beneath the sea, but closer inspection reveals a more disturbing reality.

From footballs to fishing nets, cotton-buds to coffee-cup lids, Barker highlights the incongruous plastic items now ubiquitous in our seas.

This exhibition spans a decade of her work – some of the most recognisable visual commentaries on marine plastic pollution.

Our Plastic Ocean, Mandy Barker, Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK, until September 21.

A footprint in Moon dust with tools scattered around. Featured in our must-see photography in August 2019.
© Jojakim Cortis & Adrian Sonderegger (CH) – Making of AS11-40-5878 (door Edwin Aldrin, 1969) – 2014

MAAN/ MOON

On 21 July 1969 Neil Alden Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the Moon.

Fifty years later, this exhibition takes you on a photographic odyssey to our closest celestial neighbour and back.

It goes in search of the stories engendered by this elusive white disk in our firmament, and reconciles its scientific, political and poetic facets.

The result is a fascinating combination of the days of photography and contemporary artists – an evocative stream of images walking the fine line between fact and fiction.

The object of dreams and fantasies, but also the catalyst for a global space race, the Moon leaves no one unmoved.

MAAN/MOON, FOMU Foto Museum, Antwerp, Belgium, until October 6.

A girls lays on the ground with blades of grass falling around her. Still from audio-visual installation.
Still from audio-visual installation Homo sapiens sapiens, 2005 © Pipilotti Rist, courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine

Garden of Earthly Delights

More than 20 international artists use the space of the garden as a metaphor for the state of the world in an exploration of the complexities of our chaotic and increasingly precarious present.

For centuries, artists have worked with the theme of the garden as a place of inspiration and critical reflection.

However, alongside its classical reading as a place of meditative possibilities, this exhibition views the garden as a place of duality and contradiction.

It can be a threshold between reality and fantasy, Utopia and Dystopia, harmony and chaos.

The selection of media reflects these myriad perspectives. Garden of Earthly Delights encompasses installation, performance, film and sound, paintings, photography, drawing, and sculpture.

Garden of Earthly Delights, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany, until December 1.

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