Individual photographs are powerful but open-ended messages. The photograph gives us a single moment, ripped from the relentless march of time and stripped of its narrative context. Without the before and after, this moment is re-staged as a timeless icon: no past, no future, only an eternal present. Throughout the history of photography, photographers have sought to overcome the limitations of the single photographic image by embedding it within series of sequential photographs. These sequences return the single image to a visible timeline and attempt to fix its meaning within the context of others.

This exhibition, curated by Russell Lord, examines the ways in which meaning, narrative, and time intersect in photographic sequences from the nineteenth century to the present.