Tucked away on Ramillies Street just off Oxford Street in London, The Photographers’ Gallery is an independent gallery you might not have heard of but should definitely be on your radar. Showcasing photography from all around the world, one of the gallery’s main aims is to shed light on international art in the UK. They have also recently introduced an annual exhibition and mentoring platform for emerging UK artists and photographers. While we were at the gallery, the featured exhibition was Urban Impulses: Latin American Photography, with work spanning from 1959 to 2016 that contains work documenting the events that have shaped Latin America: the Cuban revolution, military dictatorships and mass social movements. The exhibition runs until the 6th October.
I love how the gallery dedicates itself to photography. As I study photography at A Level and having a particular interest in documentary photography, the work shown in the Urban Influences exhibition was fascinating – the way they managed to capture the overlooked history of Latin America, the struggles, the conflict, the moments of calm and the aftermath of everything. If you study photography or art, and use a film camera, The Photographer’s Gallery shop has an amazing selection of film – everything from your standard black and white or colour films, to coloured Lomography films and experimental films with special effects. I picked up a Psychedelic Blues Film (@psychedelic_blues_film on Instagram) which I’m very excited to shoot as the films give very interesting but beautiful effects on your images.
As a hobbyist photographer, I was captivated by the work on display at the gallery. I spotted the bright yellow signage of the exterior and was immediately intrigued. For just a £2.50 entry fee, we were able to explore the four-floor installation.
The eclectic mix of work on display, the featured exhibition being Latin American Photography alongside a variety of work from up and coming artists, was really enthralling. Visiting the exhibition encouraged me to pick up my camera again and get outside!
Overall, I loved The Photographers’ Gallery. Its charming, unimposing entrance hides a variety of outstanding art documenting the history of recent times. This gallery is well worth a look if you’re passing by!