The focus of this exhibition at the Barbican is on human rights and politics. David Goldblatt, the 1st of 12 photographers on show, took very detailed notes at the time and his writing is as interesting as the photographs.
Visually, my favourite work was of Raghubir Singh. Like William Eggleston, he is considered a pioneer of colour photography and the quality of the light and colour in the prints is beautiful. The colours melt into one another in a way that makes me feel nostalgic for film over digital.
This amazing image is Coca-cola by Shomei Tomatsu.
The Celeste Boursier-Mougenot installation at The Barbican is a signal of Spring. A flock of zebra finches fly around the exhibition space alighting on instruments attached to microphones and amplifiers. As the birds go about their daily activities – perching on the guitars, feeding from cymbals and noisy socializing – they create a random and captivating soundscape. Very funky birds.
At night the flock settle down in the sand to sleep under the grasses planted below the guitars.