States of America: Photography from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era

Dawoud Bey, A Boy in Front of the Loew's 125th Street Movie Theater, 1976, gelatin-silver print. © Dawoud Bey, courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery.
Stephen Shore, Ginger Shore, Causeway Inn, Tampa, Florida, November 17, 1977, 1977/2011, C-print. © Stephen Shore. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York, Sprüth Magers and Wilson Centre for Photography
  • Dawoud Bey, A Boy in Front of the Loew's 125th Street Movie Theater, 1976, gelatin-silver print. © Dawoud Bey, courtesy of Stephen Daiter Gallery.
  • Stephen Shore, Ginger Shore, Causeway Inn, Tampa, Florida, November 17, 1977, 1977/2011, C-print. © Stephen Shore. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York, Sprüth Magers and Wilson Centre for Photography

States of America focuses on a generation of photographers that experimented with innovative approaches to documentary photography. Drawing from the collection of the Wilson Centre for Photography, the exhibition includes key works by Diane Arbus, Louis Draper, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore and Bruce Davidson.

This timely exhibition stretches from the Civil Rights Movement to the Reagan Era, three decades that shaped the polarised landscape of Trump’s America, and will explore tectonic shifts in American society and politics, from the decay of city centres and the decline of industry to suburban sprawl and the development of mass advertising.

This exhibition is a collaboration with the Wilson Centre for Photography.

States of America , 2017. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Stuart Whipps
States of America , 2017. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Stuart Whipps
States of America , 2017. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Stuart Whipps
States of America , 2017. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Stuart Whipps
States of America , 2017. Installation view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo Stuart Whipps