Scarborough Art Gallery has announced a new exhibition showcasing ten contemporary photographers and their approach to documenting contemporary issues. 

Opening on March 4, 2023, Squaring the Circles features new and unseen work in the UK, taking its inspiration from pictorialism, the artform that dominated the mid-19th century and early 20th century. The works on show will reveal radical experiments with photographic processes and include cyanotypes, daguerreotypes, pinhole and camera-less imagery. The exhibition is curated by Royal Photographic Society honorary fellow Zelda Cheatle.

Dorcas Taylor, curator at Scarborough Museums and Galleries, says: “This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see the very best in contemporary photography. We hope it will inspire visitors, students and photographers to delve more deeply into this creative medium and its history. As photography is one of the most accessible ways to express ourselves and explore the world around us, this exhibition poses questions about the power of photography and how historic processes can be brought to life to reflect the world back at us today.”

Exhibiting photographers include Japanese visual artist and filmmaker Takashi Arai, Susan Derges, David George, Joy Gregory, Tom Hunter, Ian Phillips McLaren, Céline Bodin, and Spencer Rowell, as well as work by two photographers who are based in Scarborough. 

The exhibition runs from March 4 to May 1, 2023. For details on opening times and ticket prices, click here. 


Main image used with permission from Scarborough Art Gallery. Credit: Susan Derges.