London Gallery Displays 'Voyeurism,' a Look into the Nature of Photography

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Privacy is a hot button issue these days.  Google and Facebook know that better than anyone, but it's not just Internet privacy that's an issue.  A person's right to privacy extends into the realm of photography, and that's what the exhibit looks closely at.

Thirteen rooms full of photographs are on display at the Tate Modern in London, and they're designed to make the viewer wonder, "Should I really be seeing this?"  Sex, death, and other outrageous invasions of privacy will be on display for all to see.

"In essence," writes Mark Brown, arts correspondent for the Guardian UK, "it is a photography exhibition which raises the question of whether photography is actually a good thing." 

Simon Baker is the first curator of photography at the Tate Modern, and was appointed just last fall.  "The exhibition is meant to be a critical look at the issues that surround voyeurism and surveillance," he said.  "The idea also is that photography is taken more seriously within our acquisition policy, that we bring more photography into the collection and that we show more of it."