The Photographers’ Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography (a full history is at the bottom of this post). From the latest emerging talent, to historical archives and established artists – they are the place to see photography in all its forms.
The Gallery’s re-opening on 19 May will mark the conclusion of its ambitious £9.2 million capital campaign, which has been generously supported by Arts Council England’s Lottery Fund alongside a range of Trusts, Foundations, corporates and individuals.
Designed by award-winning Irish architects O’Donnell + Tuomey, the transformed building features a two storey extension that doubles the size of the previous exhibition space. Providing a platform for an enhanced programme of exhibitions, the generously proportioned galleries will showcase established and emerging photographic talent from the UK and around the world. A new environmentally-controlled floor will create opportunities to show more work from archives and museum collections and higher ceilings in the top floor galleries will provide dynamic spaces for large-scale and moving image works.
The Gallery’s 2012 programme will launch with exhibitions by renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and New Delhi based Raqs Media Collective. Also on display later this year is the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012, freshfacewildeyed2012, Shoot! Existential Photography and solo exhibitions by Tom Wood and Fiona Tan. Additional displays across the building include Touchstone, a new strand in the Gallery’s programme opening with Jeff Wall’s The Giant, Print Sales space showcasing a selection of works from their roster of represented photographers and The Wall, the centrepiece for the Gallery’s new digital programme launching with Born in 1987: The Animated GIF.
From 19 May they are open seven days a week, Monday – Friday 10.00 – 18.00, Thursday 10.00 – 20.00 and Sunday 11.30 – 18.00
With a packed few weeks ahead, keep an eye on their website for the latest news and events, or follow them on Twitter @TPGallery.
History of the Gallery
The Photographers’ Gallery was founded by Sue Davies, OBE in 1971 at 8 Great Newport Street, in a converted Lyon’s Tea Bar. It was the first independent gallery in Britain devoted to photography. Tom Hopkinson, ex-editor of Picture Post, was appointed as the first chair of the Gallery’s Board of Trustees.
The Gallery opened its doors on 14 January 1971, presenting an exhibition called The Concerned Photographer curated by Cornell Capa and first shown in New York in 1967.
In 1980 the Gallery extended into a new gallery space at 5 Great Newport Street.
As the UK’s primary venue for contemporary photography The Photographers’ Gallery has been instrumental in establishing photography as a serious art form internationally.
The Gallery was the first public gallery in the country to exhibit key names in international photography, such as Juergen Teller (fashion), Robert Capa (photojournalism), Sebastião Salgado (documentary) and Andreas Gursky (contemporary art), and has been instrumental in establishing contemporary British photographers including Martin Parr and Corinne Day.
One of Europe’s most visited galleries dedicated to photography, The Photographers’ Gallery produces the high-profile annual £30,000 International Photography Prize. Past prize winners include Andreas Gursky (1998), Juergen Teller (2003), Robert Adams (2006), Esko Männikkö (2008) and Paul Graham (2009).