|A gallery with a nice vibe|
As a result of voluntary work that I undertake I'm luck enough to be able to access this gallery (and many other museums) for free, having said that it's not outrageously expensive at £4 on the door (free before 12:00) or you can book at just £2.50 online.
As well as some nice photographs to see there's a really nice shop - if you are a picture take or you've got a photographer in your life it's a great place to get gifts.
This time of year the big event at the gallery is the shortlist for the Deutsche Börse prize - it's pretty difficult to decide which of the four photographers on show is the best but the one I really related to was the work of Sophie Calle (she focuses on losses of her family members particularly her mother).
Interesting too was documentary work that took a long (in time and depth) look at a US housing project associated with the Rodney King uprising/riots (by Dana Lixenberg) and the near abstract pictures of .Awoiska Van Der Molen.
|Part of Sophie's exhibited work|
|Work by Awoiska Van Der Molen|
Martin Parr was due at the gallery to sign books later in the day and the gallery had a buzzy feel.
There was an rather extensive display of work by Roger Mayne - great to see the letters he submitted and how he got work (like book covers) - most of the work was black and white edging towards 'social commentary' in a side room there was a number of projected images (colour) which quite irritated me as a demonstration of how curation can fail - very difficult to consider the pictures and it felt like a form of torture.
|Roger's pictures document an age now past|
|A way to get a 'gig'|
And here's a book that I like the look of..
|A book you could 'gift' perhaps|
DoorsSo while I was in the area, and near where I worked when I was a young enthusiastic Broadcast engineer a number of front doors..
|And I worked there too|
|Still rag trade connections|