The Photographers' Gallery
The Photographers' Gallery
16 - 18 Ramillies Street
+44 (0)20 7087 9300
The Photographers' Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. From the latest emerging talent, to historical archives and established artists – we are the place to see photography in all its forms.
The Photographers’ Gallery unveiled its new home for international and British photography in the heart of London's Soho on Saturday 19 May 2012.
Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 10.00 – 20.00
Sunday 11.30 – 18.00
The Gallery has developed a reputation as this country's primary venue for contemporary photography. One of its major achievements has been to establish photography within a wide viewing public, making it more popular and accessible. The gallery was the first in the country to show key names in world photography such as André Kertesz, Jaques-Henri Lartigue and Irving Penn, and has been instrumental in encouraging the inclusion of photography in the programme of leading galleries and museums. An integrated programme of exhibitions and educational events continues to present the most innovative developments in photography as well as nuturing new talent.
The Photographers' Gallery has been instrumental in establishing and promoting the names of contemporary British photographers including Martin Parr and Fay Goodwin. More recently, the Gallery has introduced significant international artists working with photography, such as Rineke Dijkstra, Annelies Strba, Catherine Opie and Boris Mikhailov to audiences in Britain. We also place strong emphasis on facilitating the production of new work by emerging artists, both from Britain and abroad in the form of commissions. The Gallery stages exhibitions which throw new light on the history of photography through exhibitions such as Francesca Woodman, Robert Capa, Gordon Parks and Garry Winogrand. Every year, the Gallery hosts and produces the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, now recognised as one of the most important international art awards.
Pentti Sammallahti: Here, Far Away
- 10 October 2013 — 5 January 2014 *on now
Print Sales at The Photographers’ Gallery presents Here, Far Away an exhibition by the Finnish master of black and white photography Pentti Sammallahti. Showcasing over twenty images, the exhibition will focus on Sammallathi’s landscape and figurative works, spanning over nine countries from 1973 to 2007.
Born in 1950 in Helsinki, Finland, Sammallahti made his first set of photographs at the age of eleven and had his first solo exhibition in 1971 at the age of twenty-one. Sammallahti has travelled extensively throughout his life, describing himself as a wanderer who favours remote and isolated destinations to provide the backdrop for his work. Often only the occasional figure or animal interrupts what are otherwise uninhabited scenes. Depicted with humour and warmth, they are part of a bigger narrative, one which encompasses universal themes shared by all living things.
A skilful craftsman, Pentti Sammallahti is admired for his innovative darkroom techniques, meticulously producing prints full of subtle tonal and textural variations. Inspired by poetry and music, Sammallahti’s atmospheric photographs are often referred to as lyrical compositions. These are best witnessed in images such as Pyhajarvi (1982) in which a solitary horse is pictured standing next to a barn as a half-crescent moon hangs above; a flock of birds flying through a dark and cloudy sky in Kitakata-Shi, Japan (2005); and a panorama of a lone man in Russia walking a snowy road in the mist (White Sea, 1992), his dog patiently waiting ahead.
Here, Far Away, a title shared by the artist’s recent retrospectives and accompanying publications, refers to the very nature of photographs as documents. Through these photographer and viewer meet at a crossroad of past and present, where the image was first taken and where it is now seen.
Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity
- 11 October 2013 — 5 January 2014 *on now
Pieces on display will aim to challenge long-held stereotypes while addressing issues such as gender roles, domesticity, the body and the identity of individuals within the family unit.
Photographers and artists taking part include Janine Antoni (b. 1964, Bahamas), Elina Brotherus (b. 1972, Finland), Elinor Carucci (b. 1971, Israel), Ana Casas Broda (b. 1965, Spain), Fred Hüning (b. 1966 Germany), Leigh Ledare (b. 1976, USA), Hanna Putz (b. 1987, Austria). The exhibition is curated by Susan Bright in collaboration with the Foundling Museum, London.
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John Lyon’s & Barbara Lloyd Galleries (5th & 4th floors)