Irish architects O’Donnell and Tuomey have redesigned The Photographer’s Gallery which is the leading centre for contemporary photography in Britain. The 3.6 million pound redesigning work was completed in May 2012. The gallery was located in Great Newport Street for 27 years and it has now shifted to a former warehouse built in Ramilies Street in 1910. It now has three floors of galleries along with a studio floor for education activities, a bookshop, café and print sales space.
The Photographer’s Gallery also hosts fantastic free exhibitions and events throughout the year. On the ground floor of the building, a glass wall links its café to a little square space outside where outdoor displays of photographs is held. A large window on the top floor gives a fantastic view of Oxford Street and beyond. For people interested in photography, it is worthwhile visiting this gallery where the annual Deutsche Brse Prize is organised. It is the photographer’s equivalent of the Turner prize and photography enthusiasts simply must see this gallery.
The Photographer’s Gallery having been founded in 1971, was the first independent gallery in Britain that was devoted exclusively for photography. Many exhibitions have been held here including one-person exhibitions of work by André Kertész, Danny Treacy, Taryn Simon, Ori Gersht, Cuny Janssen, and David King. The luminaries of international photography whose works have been exhibited in the gallery include Juergen Teller (fashion), Robert Capa (photojournalism), Sebastiao Salgado (documentary), and Andreas Gursky(contemporary art). The Photographer’s Gallery is the first public gallery in London to have done so.
The gallery was originally located in a converted Lyons tea bar on Great Newport Street near Leicester Square and then it moved to a former textile warehouse on Ramillies Street in Soho in December 2008. Although there were plans to build a new building, the Irish architects made extensions to an existing brick and steel warehouse. The new location was unveiled for international and British photography on Saturday 19 May 2012 in the heart of London’s Soho. The ambitious £9.2 million capital campaign was generously supported by Arts Council England’s Lottery Fund alongside a range of Trusts, Foundations, corporates and individuals.