Art In Reveiw – London Festival of Photography 2012

After their first attempt in 2011 was a huge success, the festival team have come up with this years festival curated around the theme Inside Out – Reflections on the Public and the Private.

Though only in it’s second year, the London Festival of Photography seems to have found a formula that will show the wider world that London accords photography a status other national cities such as Paris, New York and Berlin have done for years.

“Maintaining strong links to street photography, with its focus on the public realm, this theme allows us to explore the changing boundaries between the public and the private, both physically and metaphorically and the social consequences of these shifts.” – Grace Pattison, Festival Curator

The festival hub is located at Dog Eared Gallery, with the exhibition The Great British Public, a group show with works from photographers Martin Parr, Arnhel de Serra and Chris Steele-Perkins among others. Steele-Perkins’ series Centenarians, portraits of people who have lived over 100 years, is sensitive and sometimes surprising. Whilst de Serra’s series ‘Shows’, capturing moments at shows around the country, is witty and humorous. (Exhibition on show 1st – 24th June, entry £6.50)

Another key show is Beneath the Surface by Steve Bloom at the Guardian Gallery, black and white photographs from the mid 1970s which capture a critical moment in the history of South Africa. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Steve Biko’s death and likewise Bloom’s images, both of which provide a timely reminder of this troubled but important period in South Africa’s history. (Exhibition on show 1st – 28th June, free entry)

A great selection of contemporary London street photography is also on show at Kings Cross Station.

The festival is running a selection of workshops and events which can be booked through their website.


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