The gaze of the portrait’s subject reaches not only the lens of the camera but the future viewer as well. The sitter poses consciously to leave a message to the future from his/her own time. Boundless possibilities for communication and meaning arise from the relationship the subject establishes with future viewers through photograph. At the point where gazes intersect, the portrait stands at the very center of a network established between different times and spaces; each gaze opens the door for another existence. The exhibition “Gaze” does not just look at portrait photography but also traces the social and artistic transformation that has taken place from the emergence of photography to the present.
Shedding light on the 160 years of portrait photography through the works of 52 photographers, “Gaze – Changing Face of Portrait Photography” is part of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s art loaning programme: Art in our Communities™. This unique initiative allows museums and non-profit galleries worldwide to borrow complete or customised exhibitions at no cost. Since its launch in late 2008, more than 50 exhibitions have been loaned to museums around the world.