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Unhidden exhibition at Museum of Modern Art Wales

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 09:30 UK time, Wednesday, 8 September 2010

A new exhibition of photography that showcases a unique view of Wales opens later this month at the Museum of Modern Art Wales in Machynlleth.

Unhidden, Documentary Photographs of Contemporary Wales is a collection of dramatic images of far-from-typical Welsh scenery.

The artist behind the collection is London-born Jooney Woodward, a documentary photographer who has received two special commendations in The Observer Hodge Photographic Award - an international documentary prize for young up-and-coming photographers.

Rhoose Point © Jooney Woodward

Rhoose Point © Jooney Woodward

To capture the images for the exhibition, Woodward travelled extensively around Wales documenting the 'anti-beauty spot', the unconventional landscapes she viewed.

Each photograph aims to challenge the populist vision of Wales, and presents an alternative account of the country that avoids sentimentality and explores local Welsh culture.

Browse a photo gallery of some of the images from the exhibition.

This is Woodward's first solo exhibition, and the artist hopes that it's just the start of a long working relationship with Wales: "It's a fantastic opportunity for me to bring my style of photography to a gallery which triumphs art in Wales.

Nos. 4-5 © Jooney Woodward

Nos. 4-5 © Jooney Woodward

Woodwards adds: "My aim would also be to take this exhibition back to other venues and to different audiences less familiar with the subject.

"I'm going to continue to shoot in Wales over the next few years, as I would love to get a body of work together for a book project. I've got lots of places still to visit."

Unhidden, Documentary Photographs of Contemporary Wales runs from Monday 20 September to Saturday 6 November at MOMA Wales in Machynlleth.

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