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More Real Than Life: 19th-century Portrait Photography

Past beyond the gallery archive
9 June - 24 September 2017

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham

  • Partnership exhibition

More Real Than Life considers the creation of studio portrait photography during the Victorian period and the role sitters played. It will discuss the technology and techniques employed by the studios and explore the ways in which social status, celebrity and gender identity were conveyed through the use of backdrops, props, costumes and poses. The exhibition has been curated in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, the Barber Institute and students from the University of Birmingham