From market-place to movie-set, sex shop to a coffee bar, crime scene to cabaret, Soho has always been an unfolding and complex spectacle, central to the music, fashion, design, film and sex industries alongside being a vibrant hub for LGBTQ+ communities. It has also, across the centuries, been home to a variety of immigrant communities from the French Huguenots, through Italian, Maltese, Chinese, Hungarian, Jewish and Bengali cultures. Yet Soho has always been a site of resistance.
Shot in Soho is an original exhibition presented at The Photographers’ Gallery celebrating Soho’s diverse culture, community and creativity at a time when the area is facing radical transformation. The exhibition – curated by Julian Rodriguez and Karen McQuaid – responds to the imminent completion of Cross Rail in Autumn 2019, which will make the area a prime target for development and threatens its existence as a place of unorthodoxy and independence.
Shot in Soho offers a timely opportunity to see the area through the lens of renowned photographers, such as William Klein, through a rare presentation of his candid 1980s Sunday Times commissioned photo essay; Anders Petersen, through a selection of his 2011 Soho series, which capture the neighbourhood with his trademark lyrical melancholy; Corinne Day, whose images take us off the streets into her Brewer St. home where some of her most iconic editorial and personal work was shot; as well as work from less familiar figures such as Times photographer Kelvin Brodie’s night-time forays with police teams, John Goldblatt’s strip club dressing room scenes and Clancy Gebler Davies’s work in The Colony Room Club.
Metro Imaging were delighted to work with The Photographers Gallery again and produce bespoke framing and mounting for some of these existing photographs. The exhibition also features a commission from artist Daragh Soden who will present a new body of work focusing on Soho’s reputation as a place of connection, performance and the pursuit of love. Metro worked with Soden and the curators to create a selection of digital Duratran prints finished in bespoke wooden lightboxes to display this contemporary set of images.
The exhibition also offers a range of ephemera that further draws on the history, myths and characters of Soho, offering additional context for this timely presentation, which aims to commemorate, protect and champion the spirit of this fabled quarter. Shot in Soho, hung in The Photographers’ Gallery.
18 OCT 2019 – 9 FEB 2020
The Photographers Gallery, Soho, London.
See more info on entry and visiting times here.