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The Photographers Gallery – Soho

Working my way through my list of places to visit this year and I took the first trip to The Photographers Gallery in Soho.

 

The gallery is situated just off Oxford street and stands at 5 floors high, although it doesn’t seem that big when inside the building.

I wasn’t sure what exactly was on show before visiting so it was a bit of a surprise. The two exhibitions I saw were 4 Saints in 3 Acts and Instant Stories – Wim Wenders’ Polaroids.

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Described as a snapshot of the American avant-garde, 4 Saints in 3 Acts is the first exhibition to focus on the photographic dimensions of the ground-breaking American modernist opera. The show was renowned for having an all African-American cast that were recruited from the choirs and nightclubs of Harlem and offered unique glimpses of a largely unknown community. The photos capture the action on stage, behind the scenes and portraits of the classical music performers.

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Many of the photos on display were quite small and with the larger ones you could see the age of them by the wear and tear but this added to the history and story of the photos. A very simple but delightful exhibition.

Instant stories – Wim Wenders’ Polaroids

This collection of work offers a rare opportunity to see the personal and previously unseen polaroids taken by Oscar nominated filmmaker, Wim Wenders. Featuring over 200 images taken between the 1960s and 1980s of his journey across America he captures the people around him, still lives, street photography and landscapes.

 

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These images in particular caught my eye, it seems people were taking photos of their everyday food long before Instagram was around!

Again a lot of the photos were very small (obviously because they are polaroids) but there were also books so you could see Wender’s images close up. There was also a note board so visitors can share their views on the work which is a nice touch for the artists to get feedback.

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On the top floor was an opportunity to be part of the exhibition via Instagram. There was a set up studio area and rails of outfits and accessories so you could take your own photos and share online.

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As well as having work on show The Photographers gallery also has loads of workshops, talks and courses. There is a quaint café on the ground floor and a bookshop in the basement that you could spend ages browsing.

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If you visit before 12 when it is less busy there is free entrance so it is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. The two shows I saw are on until 11th February so I will be looking out for future exhibitions that I can see there!

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Metro imaging and end of year show

Metro imaging is a Photographic, printing, framing and retouching service with a shop just off Clerkenwell road in London.

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Most people that want to print everyday photos will probably use an online service or high street shop but if you are looking for something special then a C type or Giclee print is the way to go, often used by professionals or photography students that are displaying work for a gallery.

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Metro imaging is very hands on, you can go in and print your own work in a variety of sizes with staff members on hand to provide assistance or you can send it over via the website. There are so many options to chose regarding printing on different media and finishes that it can seem overwhelming but it can also give your work the wow factor and make it stand out from the crowd.

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This is a selection of work printed on different materials, including wood and metal.

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We visited Metro Imaging as a class as we were preparing for our Pilot major project work to be exhibited at the end of the year. It was great to see how work can be displayed in so many different ways and a few of us from class decided to use the services of Metro imaging to print our work.

My project has been documenting the journey of the flower and you may have seen in previous posts that I have visited places such as New Covent Garden Market and Columbia road flower market. I have also been spending time with an event florist in their workshop and accompanying them to events to photograph for them.

I ended the project with a selection of nine images printed out in A3 and A4 size I then mounted them myself on mounting board using the vacuum press at uni. I didn’t chose the images that I thought looked the nicest but the ones that told the story of the process the flower goes through in its short lifespan. I am hoping to carry on this project in semester two  and hopefully visit some floral gardens in Holland and spend some time with the charity Floral angels who donate bouquets of flowers to nursing homes and refuges after they have been displayed at events.

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We were all really pleased with our exhibition which was displayed at Borough road gallery and looking forward to the final major project which should be displayed at Free Range photography festival in The Old Truman Brewery in East London in June.

Here are some of the work of other students…

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North: Fashioning Identity @ Somerset House

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Currently showing at Somerset house is the North: Fashioning identity exhibition. Bringing together a collection, including photography, fashion, music and lifestyle artefacts by a number of artists, the aim is to showcase visual representations of the North of England.

“The show looks at the themes and tropes present in these collective visions of northern England and consider why these regions, or representations of them, are increasingly a source of inspiration and still so idealised today.”

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The exhibition is split into different rooms that you follow around until you get back to the entrance. The first few rooms are mostly photography and film but it then moves on to clothing, the focus is on particular styles and brands that are often associated with northerners through the music and fashion scene.

 

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At the end was a room made up to look like a house with lots of television screens, people were lazing around on sofas and beds listening to interviews and documentaries that had been filmed with people from the North, looking at how their home town has been an inspiration in their creative output.

A catalogue featuring all the work is available to buy as you leave or if you don’t want to purchase it, you can have a seat and read through it along with loads of other publications on the same subject.

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I really found the exhibition interesting, particularly the mix of contemporary and vintage pieces and the perspectives of so many different artists.

If you would like to visit, the exhibition is on until Feb 4th and a full price ticket is £7. There are concessions available and children under 12 go free. At the moment there is also a very festive ice-skating rink right outside so if you fancy, you could really make a day of it!

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Media networks @ Tate modern

We recently went to visit the media networks exhibition at Tate modern to look at the different ways the artwork is displayed. We will be putting on our own exhibition at university soon and wanted to see if the way in which something is displayed can make an impact on how it is viewed.

The exhibition is looking at the way artists have responded to the ever-changing technologies and how this has impacted the mass media. Divided into lots of different rooms are a diverse range of techniques and materials from drawings to posters and analogue technology. It touches on subjects such as feminism, the cult of celebrity and consumerism.

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I like the placement of this work directly facing the doorway, inviting you in to explore the next room.

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I love that there was such a variety of work from so many different artists, including Barbara Kruger, Andy Warhol and the Guerrilla Girls. It is a large exhibition and viewers are probably not going to like everything but if you are feeling worn out by the end you can always take the weight off on the swings or even a lie down in the Turbine hall.

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The media Networks exhibition is on in the 4th floor Boiler room and is free entry. There are loads of other things showing as well but I always find when I visit Tate modern that I can only see one exhibition at a time because it is just so big!

Have you been to the Tate recently?

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Getty images gallery

You may have heard of Getty images which is one of the biggest photo agencies around. Many of their photos are featured in the news, sport and editorial sector. Situated a short walk from Oxford Circus station is the Getty images gallery which offers unique access to one of the greatest photographic collections in the world

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The gallery showcases different exhibitions on a regular basis and we visited during the Renaissance photography prize 2017.

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The exhibition was filled with loads of interesting images that fit into the categories Identity, Border and Life. Surprisingly I noticed that the image above of the boy in the red top was actually taken by my daughters best friend’s dad… what a small world!

One of the images I really liked was this portrait of an older lady, it wasn’t until I looked at it twice that I realised she had an animal on her head.

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Even though the gallery was fairly small it still had this cute little seating area because when you are spending the day looking around photography galleries it is nice to take the weight off when you can.

A lot of people in my group were not a fan of the images all being shown in the same generic way; same size with plain white frame, but I really like the simplicity and that each image can be judged equally without giving the opportunity to wow by way of presentation but by the photograph itself.

From now until 23rd December the Getty images gallery are showing and selling a range of stock for up to 50% off in their seasonal sale.

 

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Beetles and Huxley gallery

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Beetles and Huxley is a gallery space situated in Mayfair and represents a number of influential photographers. We went to visit while Alec Soth, photographer of the career defining project ‘Sleeping by the Mississippi’ which documents his journey on a number of road trips along the Mississippi river.

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The gallery is fairly small and intimate and doesn’t take very long to look around but it is a nice relaxed atmosphere, apart from our group there was nobody else there at the time we visited.

The gallery is free to enter and the work on show is available to purchase. Each exhibition is usually on show for 3-6 weeks and the Alec Soth project has recently been replaced with The Masters of Photography exhibition which is on show until 16th November.

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Fair luxury presents @ Goldsmiths’ centre

The Goldsmiths’ centre in Farringdon is described as a unique community for design, creativity and craftsmanship. It is a leading charity for professional training and plays host to events, exhibitions, workshops and studio space. I visited after hearing about the Fair luxury responsibly sourced jewellery selling exhibition.

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As I walked through the entrance I was greeted by the exhibition that filled the bright and airy atrium. It consisted of photographs of miners in Uganda, taken by photographer Ian Berry as well as loads of information about ethical and sustainable extraction of raw materials.

You may have seen in my photography post taken at New Covent garden market that I am working on a project following the journey of a flower and this project is really similar following the journey of gold, from being mined to travelling across the world to be made into stunning jewellery pieces, so I thought it would be great to visit the exhibition for my research.

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I really loved that the photographs were very focused on the people and that hard work that goes into mining. The description for this photo is ‘A sluice cloth, used in the process of partitioning gold from sediment, is washed in a river basin adjacent to the mine’

Further along are photos of the gold after it travelled to the UK.

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The second photo here shows how the ‘maker Tony Power, uses a precision gauge to measure and manipulate the width of a solid gold ring.’

As well as photographs the exhibition also featured a film and display cabinets filled with jewellery created by fairtrade gold licensees.

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There were some really beautiful pieces of jewellery and each one had a note about the designer and descriptions about individual pieces.

The Goldsmiths’ gallery was a perfect space for this exhibition and I will be looking out for future events there. If you would like to see fair luxury presents it is only open until 27th October but it is free to visit.

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Courtauld gallery @ Somerset house

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The Courtauld gallery is situated at the entrance to Somerset house and I have actually walked past it a couple of times without realising the masterpieces that hang within it.

The collection of paintings range from early renaissance into the twentieth century and features legendary artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin.

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The collection is spread over four floors which is accessed via the winding staircase and they all have a description of the piece placed next to them with the artists name and information about the piece.

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The displays are not just placed on the walls and some of the rooms are incredibly ornate and a work of art in themselves. It is not just paintings featured in the gallery, there are also prints, drawings, sculptures and decorative arts.

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My favourite pieces were the bronze ballet dancers by Degas accompanied by his painting entitled Two dancers on a stage.

I found the Courtauld to be a real hidden treasure that is a lot more compact than some of London’s more well known galleries, although it does have an entrance fee but this means there are less visitors so there is more space to take in the artwork. I managed to get in free with my student ID and there are other concessions. Under 18s are free although I don’t think it would be too popular with young kids! Check out their website for more up to date information.

 

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Imperial war museum

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The Imperial war museum in London has been housed in the previous Bethlem hospital since 1936 but has in recent years undergone a £40 million revamp. The museum records the civil and military war effort and sacrifice of Britain and its Empire since 1914 and has some spectacular displays on show.

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As you enter the museum you are faced with the wide open atrium filled with all sorts of vehicles and aircraft hanging from the ceiling and over the sides of different levels.

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The museum is divided into different sections across four floors and it is suggested that it takes half a day to work your way around all the galleries.

I really wanted to see the holocaust exhibition and was really blown away by the size and vast amount of information in the one section, it is like a museum in itself! Unfortunately you can not take photos in this particular exhibition but it is filled with photos, personal stories, posters, models, film and so much more. Children under the age of 14 are not allowed in but this is understandable with the sensitive nature of the subject.

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Another part of the museum I perused was the first world war section. It was a lot busier downstairs so was hard to take in a lot but still contained lots of eye catching displays and interesting facts.

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I spend a lot of time in Elephant and Castle as I attend university there so found this painting really interesting.

If you are a history buff or student learning about the wars then this is a great hangout and it is also set in beautiful grounds with interesting architecture which complement an autumn stroll perfectly.

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Photography project – Kensington Palace

I recently attended Kensington palace to photograph some beautiful florals at an event that was taking place there. While waiting for the displays to be set up I thought I would take a look around and photograph the amazingly ornate rooms as I have never visited the palace before.

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The rooms were really spectacular and I heard the gardens are just as beautiful but I didn’t have time or energy to go looking around after spending hours photographing so I hope to go back and have a look around the outside on another day.

Have you ever visited any of the royal palaces?