An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar by Taryn Simon, a collaboration with the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt/Main is the lead exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery this autumn. Considered one of America's new, young-generation of photographers this exhibition continues the Gallery's commitment to showcasing new talent and highlighting the best of international photographic practice to audiences in the UK. For this project, artist Taryn Simon assumes the dual role of shrewd informant and collector of curiosities, compiling an inventory of what lies inaccessible, hidden and out-of-view within the borders of the United States. She examines a culture through careful documentation of diverse subjects from across the realms of science, government, medicine, entertainment, nature, security, and religion. Transforming the unknown into a seductive and intelligible form, Simon confronts the divide between those with and without the privilege of access. Her sometimes ethereal, sometimes foreboding compositions, shot with a large-format view camera whenever conditions allowed, vary as much as her subject matter, which ranges from radioactive capsules at a nuclear waste storage facility to a black bear in hibernation. Offering visions of the unseen, the photographs of An American Index capture the strange magic at the foundation of a national identity.