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Works on Paper gallery, Level 5, Te PapaPrevious Exhibition
Letting Us In
On first glance, these photographs appear simply to present domestic interiors. But look closely, and their meaning becomes more complex. Spaces, people, and objects change in their significance. The bedrooms, for example, are revealed as having closer ties with politics than privacy.
Some of the images mark technical advances in photography. In turn, these changes highlight the influence of photography on how we understand time.
The ambiguous nature of the images is a reminder that we can interpret photographs in many different ways. Surprisingly, this is perhaps most apparent when the subjects are familiar to us.