I think its fair to say I love photography, I studied it at school, college and then on to Nottingham Trent to do a degree at University, (one day I’ll finish that degree). All the way through there has been one gallery that has held my love above all others. The photographers Gallery.
As a teenager they proved how lovely they were, I stumbled through a door back at their old buildings and had ended up in the print room, the kindness of letting me have a look at some work by the people who inspired me to pick up a camera and the passion they had talking about them with me was amazing. I guess they probably should have done that but thank you for making a young mans day back in the mid to late 90’s.
They have been a home to exhibitions by some of my all time faves, and introduced me to many new loves, recently I got to see an old passion in John Deakin, and a new one in Alberto Garcia-Alex.
They moved to a new site, and whilst I adored the old two location gallery, the new building is stunning, its kept the sense of quirky layout that I loved by creating a stairwell leading to rooms so that you never know whats coming next, and allowing more than one set of photos at a time.
Once all those stairs and photos have been absorbed I’m pleased to say the cafe remains as great as ever, in the hubbub of Soho and Oxford Street its an oasis of great tea and culture. A special word for the staff, as regular readers know, customer service is a hot button topic for me, the team there pass that test with ease. During my last visit I saw quite a few interactions with visitors, and each was polite, warm, and well-informed.
So there we have it, great building, great cafe, great exhibitions, great staff, and a great price, its free, though I think you should always drop a few coins in the donation box so we don’t lose this london gem.
Get yourself down there as soon as possible, its well worth your time.
All images from the TPG website,