The Photographers’ Gallery
The Photographers’ Gallery in London is the leading center in the UK exclusively dedicated to British and international photography.
History and building
Founded in 1971, since 2012 the gallery is housed in a former textile warehouse located between Soho and Oxford Street in the City of Westminster, central London.
The gallery’s five-story Victorian red brick building has been redeveloped and expanded after a design by Dublin-based architects O’Donnell + Tuomey.
Encompassing a floor area of 1,345 square meters (about 15,000 square feet), the new home of the Photographers’ Gallery accommodates exhibition spaces, an archive, a bookshop, a print sales gallery, and a cafe.
In their project, O’Donnell + Tuomey were extremely attentive to combine a contemporary design and the historical building’s architecture; for example, the architects have carefully conceived an expansion that doesn’t add too much additional weight to the preexisting steel-frame structure, and they introduced new materials – black polished terrazzo, untreated hardwood timber, and glass – as much compatible as possible with the old building’s ones.
A new periscope window and a “picture” window were also added in order to provide the interior spaces of the gallery, which is located on a street corner, as much natural light as possible.
Program of exhibitions and events
The Photographers’ Gallery’s mission, “to champion photography for everyone”, is developed through an intense program of special exhibitions – which feature some of the most important and modern and contemporary photographers as well as emerging talents from all over the world -, talks, workshops, and courses.
Word-renowned photographers presented at the gallery since 1917 include Diane Arbus, Cecil Beaton, Brassai, Werner Bischof, Erwin Blumenfeld, Giacomo Brunelli, Robert Capa, Gilles Caron, Marco del Re, Robert Doisneau, Andreas Gursky, Franco Fontana, David Goldblatt, David Hamilton, André Kertész , Jacques Henri Lartigue, David Lynch, Tina Modotti, Eadweard Muybridge, Alexander Rodchenko, Richard Sadler, Sebastião Salgado, Kishin Shinoyama, Juergen Teller, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, Weegee, Edward Weston, and Bob Willoughby, among others.
The Photographers’ Gallery in London, exterior view from north-east; photo © Dennis Gilbert
North and east elevation drawings; images O’Donnell + Tuomey
Exterior view from north, and the gallery’s entrance on Ramillies Street; photos © Dennis Gilbert
The Photographers’ Gallery, London, special exhibition rooms; photos © Dennis Gilbert
The Photographers’ Gallery, London, bookshop, print sales gallery, and cafe; photos © Dennis Gilbert
Cover image by Tom Page
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