Defining images from the past 50 years

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Image above: Monkey Eyes (2001) © Tim Flach

The Association of Photographers (AOP) celebrates its 50th year with 50 images by some of its most well-known members. 

Image above: Alan, 1 Day Old (2017) © Rory Carnegie

Formed in 1968 by a group of leading advertising and fashion photographers, AOP is today one of the world's leading professional photographers’ associations. This exhibition presents a set of images that illustrate the impact, diversity and quality of work created by its members, including Simon Norfolk, Paul Wakefield, Tim Flach and Nadav Kander. 

Image above: Abraham Lake, Alberta, Canada (2011) © Paul Wakefield

Curator Zelda Cheatle says of the selection process: 'I was looking for a good cross section of what the Association has stood for over these many years, to represent 50 years of creativity and talent. I had to work with the space and see how photography could work within it. I began by trying to find a picture from every year but that proved to be complex and almost impossible. Some years were fertile grounds, others less so. So I decided to work more with decades, and across those decades, I loosely grouped Advertising, Editorial, Still Life, Portraiture, Fine Art and Landscape, and found representatives of those genres. I believe I have chosen great pictures, with diversity and style.'

The exhibition AOP50 is currently on show to 1 June 2018 in the lobby of One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, E14