The relationship between photography and performance – from the 19th century to today’s selfie culture – is examined in a new exhibition that opens at Tate Modern in London tomorrow.

Eikoh Hosoe courtesy of the artist, Akio Nagasawa Gallery|Publishing (Tokyo) and Jean-Kenta Gauthier (Paris)
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‘Performing for the Camera’ will feature more than 500 images from the past 150 years.

Curated by Simon Baker, the show aims to engage visitors with the ‘serious business of art and performance, as well as the humour and improvisation of posing for the camera’.

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Tate Modern adds: ‘The construction of self-identity and posing is explored through iconic works by Claude Cahun, Man Ray and Cindy Sherman, as well as more recent projects like Samuel Fosso’s ‘African Spirits 2008’, in which the artist photographs himself in the guise of iconic figures like Martin Luther King Jr and Miles Davis.’

The exhibition, which runs until 12 June, takes place at The Eyal Ofer Galleries, located on Level 3 of Tate Modern.

Entry costs from £14.50 (£12.70 concessions).

For further details visit www.tate.org.uk or call 020 7887 8888.

ID 307 1.webCourtesy of the artist and Sprovieri Gallery, London © Boris Mikhailov

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Excellences & Perfections (Instagram Update, 8th July 2014),(#itsjustdifferent) 2015

Courtesy, the Artist & Arcadia Missa