Being: New Photography 2018 Review

Being: New Photography 2018 exhibition, which¬†showcased the theme of ‘what is means to be human’, had a large collection of work by many talented photographers and it was showcased in MoMa. A lot of them show a clear subject while some provoke you to think deeper. Like I said earlier, most of the compositions had a clear subject but some provoked a deeper thought, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s work were some that provoked a deeper thought and his work is what caught my attention. There were two compositions that caught my interest the most and they were ‘A Sitting with Matthew-2015’ and ‘Mirror Study-2016’, both by the talented Sepuya. Both compositions have a clever use of framing. ‘Mirror Study’ is a little hard to grasp and it seems like an illusion which is why it was a little more interesting to me out of the other compositions in the gallery. Along with that ‘A Sitting with Matthew’ was also interesting to me because most of that composition is a large black cloth which curves down and reveals some other subjects in the background. Even in this image you can see the clever use of framing in the mirror and the other images clipped on to the wall. In general, his compositions were different and it provoked some thoughts as I viewed them. Because of the interest setups and composition, I spent most time figuring them out than the others.

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