Another London brings international photographers together at Tate Britain

By Mark Sheerin | 09 August 2012
Black and white photo of a couple in an elegant tea room
Wolfgang Suschitzky, Lyons Corner House, Tottenham Court Road, London (1934)© W. Suschitzky
Exhibition: Another London: International Photographers Capture City Life 1930–1980, Tate Britain, London, until September 16 2012

A current show in London, and about London, may only prove of interest if you come from outside the British capital. But that is hardly surprising, since the 150 photographs on display at Tate Britain have been taken by artists visiting from abroad.

What may surprise even the most jaded local, however, is just how dated visual clichés around this city really are. Wolfgang Suschitzky shoots high tea. Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon shoot punks. And Dorothy Bohm shoots a pearly king in the old East End. No image is less than 30 years old.

Bigger names still have shot key images of our metropolis. So the show includes Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. These are the most illustrious holiday snaps you are likely to come across.

Tourists who stumble across this show should lap it up. To the rest of us, it says less about London and more about the city’s international reputation.

Considering the widespread use of black and white, the results are historic yet colourful.

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