Cloud Album

Photographs From The Archive Of Modern Conflict

At the dawn of photography, when photographs required long exposures, taking images of clouds was near impossible. It wasn’t until the second half of the nineteenth century, with improvements in technique and technology, that photographers could begin capturing the infinite variability of clouds.

Cloud Album features 250 works – including photographs, albums, and books – that range from the origins of photography to the dawn of satellite imagery, all drawn from the collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict in London. Cloud Album seeks to celebrate the breadth and beauty of images of clouds and the uniqueness of the passionate practice – of scientists, amateurs, and artists alike – of photographing the sky. Through this, the exhibition draws a picture of the history of the sky, the history of photography, and the ways in which they are intertwined.

Audioguide de l'Exposition Cloud Album

Curated by Luce Lebart and Timothy Prus.

With thanks to Michelle Wilson, Kalev Erickson, Ed Jones, Lizzie Powell, Giulia Shah and James Welch (London); Olivia Bishop, David Franklin and Parker Kay (Toronto); David Medina (Colombia) and Kei Osawa (Tokyo), and with gratitude to David Thomson for his inspiration and vision.

Based on the Archive of Modern Conflict Collection, the exhibition has been facilitated by loans from The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT) and Brad Feuerhelm.

Banner Image: Anonymous, WWII Bomb raid on Moosbierbaum oil refinery

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Atomic Bomb Test
Department of Defense, USA Atomic Bomb Test, 1946
Edward Steichen
Edward Steichen, US Army Skylark aerial photograph, WW1
Mario Giacomelli
Mario Giacomelli, Migratory Birds in Flight, Italy, 1953
Gustave Le Gray
Gustave Le Gray, The Brig, Normandy, 1856
Alexander Henderson
Alexander Henderson, Study of Clouds, Canada, 1865