The National Portrait Gallery is renounced for its photographic series and artistic representations of the human face. Currently, the gallery has two major photographic exhibitions: When we were young and the BP Portrait Award 2017. When we were young documents the experience and representation of childhood life, exploring the great change between how childhood has changed over the years but also how children are represented with in photography. The exhibition was set out in to different sections, from recent exploration of childhood to the first original documented photographic imagery of children ( Alice in Wonderland, original girl for the concept ). Between each section, placed in the center of the room, large glass cabinet held forgotten photographs of young children from the 1800 to the 21st century. In one cabinet, most of the images that were displayed were young children who were not adopted. These images were along side information, telling the viewer the story of the children and what happened after they reached adult age.
Overall, the gallery showed a depth of modern photographic representation but also managed to portray the traditional documentation of childhood in one large exhibition space.