In Focus: Making a Scene
Photography, despite its association with truth, has been used to create fiction throughout its history. Staged photographs-from casually directed scenes to elaborate tableaux vivants made with props, costumes, and posed actors-embody many styles, techniques, and subjects. Drawing inspiration from art, literature, and cinema, the photographs in this exhibition include early daguerreotypes, bromoil and platinum prints as well as contemporary Polaroids and chromogenic prints. Comprising more than twenty-five photographs from the Getty's collection, it features works by Henry Peach Robinson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Man Ray, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Lucas Samaras, and Eileen Cowin.