More Real Than Life: 19th-century Portrait Photography
9 June - 24 September 2017
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
- Partnership exhibition
Princess Alice, Grand Duchess of Hesse
by Camille Silvy
4 July 1861
The exhibition considers the creation of Victorian studio portrait photography and the role sitters played. It discusses the techniques employed by the studios and explores the ways in which social status, celebrity and gender were conveyed through the use of backdrops, props, costumes and poses. Curated in partnership with the Gallery, the Barber Institute and University of Birmingham students.