London’s popular Photographers’ Gallery has the distinction of being the pioneering independent gallery in Great Britain dedicated to the art of photography. Today, this acclaimed institution features three storeys of galleries, a floor devoted to studio work for educational purposes, a cafe and bookshop assuring comprehensive gallery functions whilst being a visitor attraction.
In keeping with its status as the premier venue for the field of photography in the United Kingdom, the gallery has focused on the vital function played by photography in society and contemporary culture. It has provided a valuable platform for this sphere in its prominent location in the midst of London, and has been the initial public institution to display the work of prominent names in the arena of international photography. Such luminaries as Robert Capa (photojournalism), Juergen Teller (fashion), Taryn Simon (contemporary art) and Sebastiao Salgado (documentary) have been exhibited at the gallery, alongside United Kingdom-based artists like Zineb Sadira, Corinne Day and Martin Parr.
Befitting a venue ranked as one of the most frequented galleries of its kind in Europe, the Photographers’ Gallery features the renowned yearly Photography Prize. Eminent winners have included such names as Sophie Ristelhueber, Robert Adams, Shirana Shahbazi and Andreas Gursky. The gallery is noted for its occasional presentations of work from unusual sources, such as an exhibition of studio-based portrait photographs by Harry Jacobs, a noted high street photographer from South London who has pursued his trade for no less than 40 years. Another unique presentation was one of interesting photographs from the archives of The London Fire Brigade.
Through all of its exhibitions, events, projects and talks, The Photographers’ Gallery continually promotes a distinctive and multi-faceted approach in the sphere of photography. Even a casual visitor will be fascinated by the power of photographs in conveying the realities, sadness and joys of our daily existence. Visitors to the capital of the United Kingdom should make it a point to visit this unique establishment. Affluent visitors seeking a Central London hotel will find an excellent choice in the Metropolitan London. This unique London luxury hotel offers sumptuous accommodations and a selection of modern amenities to delight visitors of all stripes.