This show focuses on single iconic images and their power, profiling over 60 photographs that have changed public perception of world events. They have been selected from a collection that specialises in photojournalism and documentary photography. We are used to seeing these images in the press, in transient form, generally accompanied by columns of text, but the Incite Project treats them as works of art.
The core of the collection are the classics of 20th-century photojournalism that have become visual markers of a moment in time – the assassination of JFK, a rare shot of the Normandy D-Day landing, Nelson Mandela in his cell on Robben Island, to name but a few. The collection is, however, also motivated by a passion to support the photographers and artists currently making extraordinary, thought-provoking images about contemporary issues. Thirty percent of the show is thus comprised of 21st-century prints, giving them and their makers a permanence they might otherwise lack.
The Incite Project is a collection of issue-driven photographic prints, motivated by current political and social concerns that are still within our power to correct. Incite is based in the UK and was started in 2012 by former photojournalist Harriet Logan and her husband. The collection is curated by Tristan Lund, formerly of the Michael Hoppen Gallery.