'Exposed' at San Francisco MoMA

'Voyerism, Surveillance and the Camera' comes to San Francisco
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Enrique Metinides, Suicide rescue from the the top of the Toreo Stadium, (detail) (1971)

1 / 28 Enrique Metinides, Suicide rescue from the the top of the Toreo Stadium, (detail) (1971)

Laurie Long, Compact, from The Dating Surveillance Project, (1998)

2 / 28 Laurie Long, Compact, from The Dating Surveillance Project, (1998)

Trevor Paglen, Chemical and Biological Weapons Proving Ground/Dugway,

3 / 28 Trevor Paglen, Chemical and Biological Weapons Proving Ground/Dugway,

Erich Salomon, Hague Conference (1930)

4 / 28 Erich Salomon, Hague Conference (1930)

Shizuka Yokomizo, Stranger No. 2 (1999)

5 / 28 Shizuka Yokomizo, Stranger No. 2 (1999)

Richard Gordon, San Francisco, 2004

6 / 28 Richard Gordon, San Francisco, 2004

Benjamin Lowy, Iraq Perspectives II #8 (2003-2007)

7 / 28 Benjamin Lowy, Iraq Perspectives II #8 (2003-2007)

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Head #10 from the series Heads (2001)

8 / 28 Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Head #10 from the series Heads (2001)

Shai Kremer, Urban Warfare Training Center, Panorama,  Tze'elim (2007)

9 / 28 Shai Kremer, Urban Warfare Training Center, Panorama, Tze'elim (2007)

Abraham Zapruder, Assassination of John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963 (1963)

10 / 28 Abraham Zapruder, Assassination of John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963 (1963)

United Press International, Suffolk, Virginia, Race Confrontation, May 6, 1964, (1964)

11 / 28 United Press International, Suffolk, Virginia, Race Confrontation, May 6, 1964, (1964)

Nick Ut, Paris Hilton is seen through the window of a police car, (2007)

12 / 28 Nick Ut, Paris Hilton is seen through the window of a police car, (2007)

Larry Clark, Untitled, from the portfolio Tulsa (1971), printed 1980

13 / 28 Larry Clark, Untitled, from the portfolio Tulsa (1971), printed 1980

Tom Howard, The Electrocution of Ruth Snyder (1928)

14 / 28 Tom Howard, The Electrocution of Ruth Snyder (1928)

Tazio Secchiaroli, Anita Ekberg and Husband Anthony Steel, Vecchia Roma, (1958)

15 / 28 Tazio Secchiaroli, Anita Ekberg and Husband Anthony Steel, Vecchia Roma, (1958)

Alison Jackson, The Queen plays with her Corgies from the series Confidential (2007)

16 / 28 Alison Jackson, The Queen plays with her Corgies from the series Confidential (2007)

Ron Galella, What Makes Jackie Run? (October 4, 1971) Central Park, New York City

17 / 28 Ron Galella, What Makes Jackie Run? (October 4, 1971) Central Park, New York City

Georges Dudognon, Greta Garbo in the Club St. Germain, (ca.1950s)

18 / 28 Georges Dudognon, Greta Garbo in the Club St. Germain, (ca.1950s)

Unknown, [Couple engaged in sexual activity in the back of a car] (ca.1945)

19 / 28 Unknown, [Couple engaged in sexual activity in the back of a car] (ca.1945)

Nan Goldin, Nan and Brian in bed, (1983) New York City

20 / 28 Nan Goldin, Nan and Brian in bed, (1983) New York City

Weegee (Arthur H. Fellig) Lovers on the Beach, Coney Island (1940)

21 / 28 Weegee (Arthur H. Fellig) Lovers on the Beach, Coney Island (1940)

Miroslav Tichý, Untitled, (ca.1950s-1980s)

22 / 28 Miroslav Tichý, Untitled, (ca.1950s-1980s)

Andy Warhol, Blow Job (film still) (1964)

23 / 28 Andy Warhol, Blow Job (film still) (1964)

Bill Dane, San Francisco (1973)

24 / 28 Bill Dane, San Francisco (1973)

Men’s shoes with camera hidden in heel

25 / 28 Men’s shoes with camera hidden in heel

Garry Winogrand, New York (1969)

26 / 28 Garry Winogrand, New York (1969)

Harry Callahan, (1984) Atlanta

27 / 28 Harry Callahan, (1984) Atlanta

Walker Evans, Subway Passenger New York (1941)

28 / 28 Walker Evans, Subway Passenger New York (1941)

Enrique Metinides, Suicide rescue from the the top of the Toreo Stadium, (detail) (1971)

1 / 28 Enrique Metinides, Suicide rescue from the the top of the Toreo Stadium, (detail) (1971)

Laurie Long, Compact, from The Dating Surveillance Project, (1998)

2 / 28 Laurie Long, Compact, from The Dating Surveillance Project, (1998)

Trevor Paglen, Chemical and Biological Weapons Proving Ground/Dugway,

3 / 28 Trevor Paglen, Chemical and Biological Weapons Proving Ground/Dugway,

Erich Salomon, Hague Conference (1930)

4 / 28 Erich Salomon, Hague Conference (1930)

Shizuka Yokomizo, Stranger No. 2 (1999)

5 / 28 Shizuka Yokomizo, Stranger No. 2 (1999)

Richard Gordon, San Francisco, 2004

6 / 28 Richard Gordon, San Francisco, 2004

Benjamin Lowy, Iraq Perspectives II #8 (2003-2007)

7 / 28 Benjamin Lowy, Iraq Perspectives II #8 (2003-2007)

Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Head #10 from the series Heads (2001)

8 / 28 Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Head #10 from the series Heads (2001)

Shai Kremer, Urban Warfare Training Center, Panorama,  Tze'elim (2007)

9 / 28 Shai Kremer, Urban Warfare Training Center, Panorama, Tze'elim (2007)

Abraham Zapruder, Assassination of John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963 (1963)

10 / 28 Abraham Zapruder, Assassination of John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963 (1963)

United Press International, Suffolk, Virginia, Race Confrontation, May 6, 1964, (1964)

11 / 28 United Press International, Suffolk, Virginia, Race Confrontation, May 6, 1964, (1964)

Nick Ut, Paris Hilton is seen through the window of a police car, (2007)

12 / 28 Nick Ut, Paris Hilton is seen through the window of a police car, (2007)

Larry Clark, Untitled, from the portfolio Tulsa (1971), printed 1980

13 / 28 Larry Clark, Untitled, from the portfolio Tulsa (1971), printed 1980

Tom Howard, The Electrocution of Ruth Snyder (1928)

14 / 28 Tom Howard, The Electrocution of Ruth Snyder (1928)

Tazio Secchiaroli, Anita Ekberg and Husband Anthony Steel, Vecchia Roma, (1958)

15 / 28 Tazio Secchiaroli, Anita Ekberg and Husband Anthony Steel, Vecchia Roma, (1958)

Alison Jackson, The Queen plays with her Corgies from the series Confidential (2007)

16 / 28 Alison Jackson, The Queen plays with her Corgies from the series Confidential (2007)

Ron Galella, What Makes Jackie Run? (October 4, 1971) Central Park, New York City

17 / 28 Ron Galella, What Makes Jackie Run? (October 4, 1971) Central Park, New York City

Georges Dudognon, Greta Garbo in the Club St. Germain, (ca.1950s)

18 / 28 Georges Dudognon, Greta Garbo in the Club St. Germain, (ca.1950s)

Unknown, [Couple engaged in sexual activity in the back of a car] (ca.1945)

19 / 28 Unknown, [Couple engaged in sexual activity in the back of a car] (ca.1945)

Nan Goldin, Nan and Brian in bed, (1983) New York City

20 / 28 Nan Goldin, Nan and Brian in bed, (1983) New York City

Weegee (Arthur H. Fellig) Lovers on the Beach, Coney Island (1940)

21 / 28 Weegee (Arthur H. Fellig) Lovers on the Beach, Coney Island (1940)

Miroslav Tichý, Untitled, (ca.1950s-1980s)

22 / 28 Miroslav Tichý, Untitled, (ca.1950s-1980s)

Andy Warhol, Blow Job (film still) (1964)

23 / 28 Andy Warhol, Blow Job (film still) (1964)

Bill Dane, San Francisco (1973)

24 / 28 Bill Dane, San Francisco (1973)

Men’s shoes with camera hidden in heel

25 / 28 Men’s shoes with camera hidden in heel

Garry Winogrand, New York (1969)

26 / 28 Garry Winogrand, New York (1969)

Harry Callahan, (1984) Atlanta

27 / 28 Harry Callahan, (1984) Atlanta

Walker Evans, Subway Passenger New York (1941)

28 / 28 Walker Evans, Subway Passenger New York (1941)


Photographs snapped covertly (or without the subject's awareness) have an intimacy and authenticity that is difficult to stage. But they also pose unsettling questions about privacy and some of the camera's less salubrious uses, from pornography to stalking.

Exposed: Voyerism and the Camera, which is currently on show at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) following its run at Tate Modern in London, features over 250 historical and contemporary photographs, films and video works by both unknown photographers and internationally renowned artists.

Investigating the shifting boundaries between seeing and spying, the private act and the public image, the exhibition challenges us to consider how the camera has transformed the very nature of looking and poses compelling and urgent questions about who is viewing whom, and why.


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