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The David Bailey SUMO

In 1965, portrait and fashion photographer David Bailey released his groundbreaking book Box Of Pin-Ups, securing him as the hip tastemaker for 1960s London cool. With Mick Jagger his best man at his wedding to Catherine Deneuve, Bailey was also the inspiration for the classic movie Blow-Up. From the Swinging ’60s to the present day, Bailey has never stopped…


Posted on March 31, 2019 at 17:30

An Interview with the Photojournalist Larry Herman

Q: How do you define your work?

LH: Definitions are not for me to assign any real value to. I think of myself as a portrait photographer. That is to say, I      photograph people in the context of some aspect of their environment. Sometimes I’ll call myself a social documentarian.   And then, frequently, I’ll be at an event working directly alongside news…


Posted on August 28, 2018 at 4:00

Exhibition: Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855 / from 9 November 2018

When Roger Fenton arrived in the Crimea in March 1855 to photograph the war that had been raging for 12 months, the major battles of the campaign had already been fought.  And yet, the images that he captured of exhausted troops and desolate landscapes would become some of the most significant visual accounts of conflict ever produced, giving birth to the genre of war…


Posted on August 28, 2018 at 3:00 — 1 Comment

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At 12:01 on May 8, 2018, Geoff Lowe said…

This is a long awaited and exceptional world class facility. Why it has taken so long is something of a mystery, perhaps because the art historical establishment in London has always been rooted in the past rather than having an eye on the future.

Gone are the days when 50 years ago I was directed to a few untidy draws in the print room that contained some of the rarest photographic material, which you could handle very casually and without any supervision!


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