the photographers gallery new public opening

the pho­tog­ra­phers’ gallery will unveil its new home for inter­na­tion­al and british pho­tog­ra­phy in the heart of lon­don’s soho on sat­ur­day 19 may 2012. the gallery’s open­ing will mark the con­clu­sion of its ambi­tious £9.2 mil­lion cap­i­tal cam­paign, which has been gen­er­ous­ly sup­port­ed by arts coun­cil england’s lot­tery fund along­side a range of trusts, foun­da­tions, cor­po­rates and individuals.


designed by award-win­ning irish archi­tects o’donnell + tuomey, the trans­formed build­ing fea­tures a two storey exten­sion that dou­bles the size of the pre­vi­ous exhi­bi­tion space. pro­vid­ing a plat­form for an enhanced pro­gramme of exhi­bi­tions, the gen­er­ous­ly pro­por­tioned gal­leries will show­case estab­lished and emerg­ing pho­to­graph­ic tal­ent from the uk and around the world. a new envi­ron­men­tal­ly-con­trolled floor will cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties to show more work from archives and muse­um col­lec­tions and high­er ceil­ings in the top floor gal­leries will pro­vide dynam­ic spaces for large-scale and mov­ing image works.

the gallery’s 2012 pro­gramme will launch with exhi­bi­tions by renowned cana­di­an pho­tog­ra­ph­er edward bur­tyn­sky and new del­hi based raqs media col­lec­tive. also on dis­play lat­er this year is the deutsche börse pho­tog­ra­phy prize 2012, freshfacewildeyed2012, shoot! exis­ten­tial pho­tog­ra­phy and solo exhi­bi­tions by tom wood and fiona tan. addi­tion­al dis­plays across the build­ing include touch­stone, a new strand in the gallery’s pro­gramme open­ing with jeff wall’s the giant, print sales space show­cas­ing a selec­tion of works from their ros­ter of rep­re­sent­ed pho­tog­ra­phers and the wall, the cen­tre­piece for the gallery’s new dig­i­tal pro­gramme launch­ing with born in 1987: the ani­mat­ed gif.


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