Rebel Cause

Rebel Cause

Discover the world’s romantic rebels, countercultural pioneers and sexual experimenters as captured by 20 iconic photographers in the Barbican’s forthcoming exhibition

Launching at the end of this month 20 photographers will give voice to fringe communities in Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins, an affecting exhibition staged at London’s Barbican centre. With iconic imagery dating from the 1950s to the present day, expect striking portraiture and arresting documentary reportage capturing outlaws, rebels and the disenfranchised across America and the global south. Legends like Diane Arbus, Larry Clarke and Jim Goldberg have photographed these exiles with a tenderness that’s full of strength and beauty – something that was achievable only as a result of months, years and even decades spent within the communities they’ve photographed.

“The camera can access the nooks and crannies of society,” says curator Alona Pardo, in conversation with the British Journal of Photography. ‘The drive that motivates these photographers is so complex and so different…they’re all driven by motivations that are both personal and political to a degree, and they are all self-initiated projects.”

Here are just some of the striking shots you can expect to see:

Walter Pfeiffer, Untitled, (from Carlo joh), 1973 

Attributed to Andrea Susan, [photo shoot], 1964-69. Casa Susanna

Seiji Kurata - Even though there's no sign of any customers...near Ikebukuro,
Hikarimachi Ohashi, 1975

Paz Errázuriz, From the series La Manzana de Adán (Adam’s Apple), 1983

Philippe Chancel, untitled, 1982 

Igor Palmin, The Enchanted Wanderer, 1977

Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins opens at the Barbican centre on 28 February, until 27 May

  • Words: Monique Todd