Image © Dougie Wallace.
Once synonymous with strip clubs, Shoreditch has become one of London’s most popular nightspots, attracting both locals and cultural tourists dipping into the scene for the night. Dougie Wallace has been photographing the area for a decade, capturing a wide gamut that runs from rampant exhibitionism to furtive drug taking. “I just always had a camera with me and started taking photos on my nights out,” he says. “I’ve always been a participant, not a voyeur, so I’ve never had any problems photographing anyone.”
Wallace’s exhibition is on show at The Camp on City Road from 07-17 July, but the London Street Photography Festival officially opens on 30 June, with 12 exhibitions gathered together under the festival umbrella. Many of the exhibitions are clustered around St Pancras, including Vivian Maier: A Life Uncovered at the German Gymnasium; Entente Cordiale: Images from France and England by Nick Turpin and Nils Jorgensen at St Pancras International station; Street Markets of London in the 1940s – Walter Joseph, at the British Library; and Adventures in the Valley from Polly Braden and David Campany, on at the Minnie Weisz Studio on St Pancras Road. The International Awards, on show at the German Gymnasium, presents selected images from the very first London Street Photography Festival International Awards, while the Student Street Photography Awards Exhibition picks out the best new talent in the Orange Dot Gallery in Bloomsbury.
Brixton’s Photofusion is showing an exhibition of women’s street photography, and elsewhere there’s a group show of Polish work at the Swiss Cottage Gallery; another group show called Street Photography Now in Exmouth market, which draws on the book of the same name; and Seen/Unseen, a look at privacy and public transport by George Georgiou and Mimi Mollica on show in the Collective Gallery in Camden. Mishka Henner’s No Man’s Land is composed entirely of images taken from Google Street View and shows women in rural and post-industrial settings who appear to be soliciting for sex, and is on show at the Hotshoe Gallery in Farringdon.
The festival is also running a series of workshops and events, including a five-day course with award-winning photographer George Georgiou, a talk on Vivian Maier at the National Portrait Gallery, a documentary about New York’s most iconic street photographers at the Tate Modern, an exploration of the V&A’s collection of street photography, held at the museum, and a talk on psychogeography at Housmans Bookshop.
For more details, visit www.londonstreetphotographyfestival.org.
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