I don’t usually write on this blog, but my return to London this week coincided with an event combining All My Interests.
On Saturday, The Photographers’ Gallery reopened. In 2008, the gallery moved to a squat, aluminium-roofed building tucked down a sad little Oxford Street mews. An entire rebuild was planned, but economic pressures turned the project into something much more fun. Architects O’Donnell and Tuomey sliced the god-awful old roof off the place, and stuck a gorgeous few floors on top.
Here’s how it used to look:
Here’s how it looks now:
Not bad, eh? And yes, that is a camera obscura.
The interior isn’t ground-breaking, but it’s elegant. Girder-centric:
What on earth, however, is going on with these banisters? This can’t possibly be intentional:
I shall forgive The Photographers’ Gallery this blot, however, because the exhibition was so ruddy good. The Guardian has a good selection from Edward Burtynsky’s fantastic series, ‘Oil’:
Huge chromogenic prints of industrial design, with this to look at out the window?
You read my mind.
Dont miss: The Deutsche Börse Prize exhibition, from 13th of July.
Open seven days a week
Admission’s only bloody well free.
Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 18.00
Thursday 10.00 – 20.00
Sunday 11.30 – 18.00
16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW