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Photographs by Bill Henson

Bill Henson, Untitled

Bill Henson, Untitled # 20 (LMO SH177 N2A), 2000-03, © Bill Henson

'Now as the light from a row of TV screens blends with the last rays of the sun, both play over a face staring into a shop window, and as the sound of the mall dies away, imagine as that face curves off into shadow. Turn ever so slightly, a single camera movement brings the distant lights of a freeway into view, blinking through the darkening forest. And the sun goes down behind the mountains.' Bill Henson

Bill Henson, born in Melbourne, Australia in 1955, has returned consistently to the orchestration of available light, and in particular of twilight, using it to create a kind of modern mythology.

The quiet melodrama of Henson's photographs, and in particular his handling of light to create a transcendent effect, suggests a contemporary reworking of the Sublime. This concept, in which Nature's grandeur provokes the conflicting sensations of astonishment, terror and awe, was central to the Romantic movement of the early 19th century.

Bill Henson, Untitled

Bill Henson, Untitled # 115, 2000-03, (JPC SH203 N29A), © Bill Henson

Bill Henson, Untitled

Bill Henson, Untitled # 77, 2000-03, © Bill Henson

Bill Henson, Untitled

Bill Henson, Untitled # 84 (CL SH366 N18A), 2000-03, © Bill Henson

In Henson's work, twilight functions as an extraordinary illumination, creating dramatic chiaroscuro effects and conjuring up seemingly supernatural events. His Untitled series of 1998-2003 pairs landscape views of the periphery of Australian towns with scenes of brooding adolescents. In this no-man's land, meanings, morals and behaviours shift. Figures on the cusp of adulthood seem to inhabit a twilight, perhaps bacchanalian world.

Written to accompany the exhibition Twilight.

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Bird of Paradise Pendant Necklace by Bill Skinner

Bird of Paradise Pendant Necklace by Bill Skinner

This Jungle Bird of Paradise Pendant Necklace is a striking and quirky piece by Bill Skinner. A part of Bill Skinner's newest collection, this pendant…

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Video: Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin sketches another signature red-soled creation while discussing his early inspiration

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Event - Julia Margaret Cameron

Sat 28 November 2015–Sun 21 February 2016

EXHIBITION: To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), one of the most important and experimental photographers of the 19th-century, the V&A will present 100 of her photographs from the Museum’s collection.

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