A fascinating breakfast at Tate Modern. Simon Baker on the Tate’s future photography plans and tour through Conflict Time Photography. Interesting to contrast the pristine order of the Tate’s structured hang with the fertile jumble of the Archive of Modern Conflict’s room. Whilst the former tries to make sense of war, the latter suggests the futility of such an attempt. One respectful of time and place, the other a confusion of ephemera. The former about professional attempts to make and present art from tragedy, the latter a celebration of the amateur. The Tate’s rooms use grids to structure, uniform scale to make tidy and captions to educate, whilst the Archive is free-flowing, disruptive and incoherent. Which is a more valid response is a matter of taste but it’s certainly brave of the Tate to allow an external organisation such subversive independence.

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