In a newly renovated building in London's Soho district is The Photographers' Gallery. The Gallery will reopen its doors on Saturday 19 May 2102 after a three-year renovation. The building, designed by award-winning Irish architects O'Donnell + Tuomey, will provide additional exhibition space to showcase established and high-profile artists alongside emerging photographic talent from around the world.
The Photographers' Gallery opened in 1971 as a response to the growing popularity of the medium. In the decades that followed, the Gallery has played a crucial role in establishing photography as an art form, introducing to the UK some of the most significant photographers of the twentieth century. As the first publicly funded independent photography venue in the world, the gallery has been dedicated to providing free access for everyone to engage with photography in all its forms.
At Unseen, The Photographers' Gallery will representing the following artists: Simon Roberts (1974), Luke Stephenson (1983), Julie Cockburn (1966) and Vee Speers (1962). Luke Stephenson's series, The Incomplete Dictionary of Showbirds, were seen for the first time in Foam Magazine #24/Talent in 2010.
exhibitions on display at the gallery from Saturday are Raqs Media
Collective and Burtynsky:
OIL, both until 1 July
2012. Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky “depicts landscapes scarred by the
extraction of oil, and the cities and suburban sprawl defined by its use.” Raqs Media Collective are three Delhi-based artists - Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta - whose practices include photography, new media, film, media theory and research, criticism and curation.
The Photographers' Gallery is located at 16-18 Ramillies Street in London W1F 7LW, and is open Monday-Friday from 10am to 6pm, Thursday until 8pm and Sunday from 11.30am to 6pm.