Museum of London photography show to visit Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of London announced that its popular London Street Photography exhibition will travel to the Museum of the City of New York. The display has been timed to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. On view until 2 December 2012.


Matt Stuart (b.1974), “Trafalgar Square,” 2006 © Matt Stuart Museum of London

London Street Photography was first on display at the Museum of London in 2010, showcasing photographs from 1860 to 2010 and attracting around 125,000 visitors – making it the Museum’s most popular temporary exhibition to date. The exhibition demonstrates how street photography has evolved over the years and the way in which it helps us understand the dynamism and energy of the capital. The photographs offer a fascinating visual documentation of the evolving city – a true snapshot through time.

The exhibition contains approximately 150 photographs, all from the Museum of London’s extraordinary photographic collection, including work by well-known photographers such as John Thomson, Paul Martin, Henry Grant and Roger Mayne, alongside images by contemporary street photographers. It also includes a fascinating film created by the Museum of London for the exhibition, in which four street photographers from different generations – Wolfgang Suschitzky, Paul Trevor, Matt Stuart and Polly Braden – reflect on their motivations and what they try to achieve with their images.

All the photographs in the exhibition contain an element of chance – a defining characteristic of street photography. Whether it’s a fleeting expression, a brief encounter or a momentary juxtaposition, every piece has a sense of spontaneity and movement. – www.museumoflondon.org.uk

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