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Private view: candid camera

Whether the camera “lies” or not doesn’t make Tate Modern’s new exhibition of surreptitious photography any less arresting

Caught unawares: from Philip-Lorcia diCorcia’s Heads

Photographic theory is packed with clichés: “the medium is essentially voyeuristic,” “the camera can lie” or even “the camera always lies.” But there is only so much philosophising anyone can take. And fortunately, as the 250 pictures in Tate Modern’s “Exposed” exhibition (which runs from 28th May to 3rd October) show, the images themselves are usually more interesting and unsettling than any theory spun about them.

“Exposed” is subtitled “voyeurism, surveillance and the camera,” and its theme is images taken without the explicit permission of their subjects. Organised in five sections—The Unseen Photographer, Voyeurism…

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