The Photographers’ Gallery on the Move
Posted by jonathanfryer on Friday, 14th November, 2008
For 37 years, The Photgraphers’ Gallery has been based on a split site on Great Newport Street on the edge of Soho (technically, Covent Garden), pulling in half a million visitors per annum — a figure many larger museums and art institutions cannot match. This morning I joined a small group of journalists from the Foreign Press Association for a sort of farewell tour of the premises, where two exhibitions are bringing down the curtain on an era. The first is ‘Soho Archives: 1950s & 1960s’ (including some distinctly curious ‘artistic’ nudes by that old Soho roué Jean Straker, as well as some rather wonderful David Hurn black-and-white portraits of strippers, both on and off the catwalk). The second displays striking images of often desolate London faces by Dryden Goodwin, ‘Cast’. Sunday is the last day of public opening.
The good news is that the Gallery is moving to new premises, on the northern edge of Soho, at 16-18 Ramillies Street, initially in a warehouse while a much more ambitious building is constructed (for which funds are currently being raised).