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'Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present', which is slated to open next October, will showcase "exceptional examples" of early and contemporary photography in a display which will span 150 years of the medium.

Works will include those by leading photographers including Tom Hunter, Thomas Struth, Craigie Horsfield, Sam Taylor-Wood and Beate Gütschow. The curators will highlight links between early and late 19th-century photographers, and also look at how genre-defining works have drawn inspiration from other art historical traditions and subjects including still life, landscape, and portraiture.

Across 150 years, old and new controversies are part of this story. The exhibition explores the dialogue between the history of art, the art of the 19th century and modern photographers. It also maps the development of photography as it evolved from the 19th century to reassess traditional subjects such as still life, landscape and social portraiture.

The exhibition includes works from the Wilson Centre for Photography and loans from Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Media Museum in Bradford and directly from the artists themselves. Besides a small, free display of the work of British photographer Tom Hunter, it will be the gallery's first photography show.

Details of this exhibition can be found here.

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