Monthly Archives: July 2011

One exhibition that is a must-see

A break from my normal posting here with good reason. A friend of mine was visiting London and suggested we visit the 50 years of London architecture exhibition at the University of Westminster. I went, and to be perfectly frank I thought I’d be there no more than a couple of hours at most. How wrong I was. In fact three of us met and we were there all day. This amazing exhibition should be visited with friends, preferably those who have strong opinions on contemporary architecture.

This expansive exhibition, set within the cavernous basement at the University starts out with the brutalism of the sixties and works up to the present day. The photographs are large and in many cases beautifully shot. Yes, there are buildings included that I don’t believe warrant inclusion- but we all had differing opinions on these. This is no sniffy gallery with attendants staring at you impassively or asking you to be quiet; this exhibition demands debate and for the first time in ages I left a gallery space having felt I had just witnessed something very worthwhile. If you have a chance go and see it, – it’s on for another week.

50 years of London architecture exhibition at Westminster University

50 years of London Architecture, University of Westminster, Marylebone Road- opposite Baker Street tube station.

Six Photographers Test Their Right to Shoot in London

As a photographer I have been stopped by security men who think they have the right to stop people taking photographs in public spaces. As they represent the people who own the buildings they believe they have the right to own the landscape. They don’t, and as this excellent video shows, when the police are called the security men’s argument is nullified.

On June 21, 2011, non-profit organization Shoot Experience sent out six photographers to various parts of London to see the current state of photographers’ rights.

Some used tripods, some went hand held, one set up a 5 x 4.

All were instructed to keep to public land and photograph the area as they would on a normal day. The event aimed to test the policing of public and private space by private security firms and their reaction to photographers.

The result? Every one of the photographers was confronted at least once, and in three cases the police were called.