In this episode David and Mark chat about the Museum of London’s current photography exhibition, London Nights.
This large exhibition features historic and contemporary images from over 60 photographers, including Bert Hardy, Bill Brandt, Tish Murtha, and contemporary photographers like William Eckersley and Damien Frost. The aim of the exhibition is to:
reveal the city after hours: unnerving, beautiful, eerie, energised – sometimes all at once. Step into the night and discover a darker, richer side to the capital.
Images range from sinister street scenes, or people partying in the West End in the 60s, to shots of the city from the International Space Station and the image of a tower block used on the cover The Streets’ album Original Pirate Material. Some of the photographers and photos we discuss are:
- Paul Martin’s Embankment at Night (1896)
- Hannes Kilian’s shot of Piccadilly (1955)
- Jim Friedman’s Piccadilly Circus (1988)
- William Eckersley’s series Dark City (2011)
- Thierry Cohen’s London 51 degrees 30 minutes 17 seconds N 2015-02-17 LST 10:39 (2015)
- Nick Turpin’s On The Night Bus series
- Philipp Ebeling’s Whitechapel Market, Tower Hamlets (2008-13)
- Bert Hardy
- Bill Brandt
We actually forgot to discuss one of our favourite images from the exhibition, The Long Wait (2005-6) by Mita Tabrizian from series depicting Iranian migrants.
As always, wherever possible the photos we discuss can be found on our Pinterest page for this episode.
We originally recorded one podcast covering both the main London Nights exhibition, and the smaller, free, Night Visions exhibition, both on at the Museum of London. However, at the editing stage it made sense to split them into two separate podcasts. You may wish to listen to them both, in order, but it’s by no means essential and each episode stands up independently.
Non-Photography tangents we detour off at
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