28.05.14 - 27.06.14 Boris Savelev

28.03.14 - 24.05.14 Lucas Foglia - Frontcountry

18.09.13 - 23.11.13 Miyako Ishiuchi

21.06.13 - 30.08.13 Chloe Sells - Senescence

02.05.13 - 12.06.13 Nobuyoshi Araki

27.04.13 - 28.04.13 SPLINTER - An Independent Photography...

12.02.13 - 28.03.13 Michael Eastman: Havana

01.11.12 - 01.12.12 Lucas Foglia

07.09.12 - 27.10.12 Daido Moriyama - Tights and Lips

30.05.12 - 28.07.12 Valérie Belin – ‘Yohoho’

20.04.12 - 24.05.12 Alex Prager - Compulsion

02.02.12 - 05.04.12 Guy Bourdin

02.12.11 - 21.01.12 Boris Savelev - Colour Constructions

07.10.11 - 12.11.11 Jerusalem

08.09.11 - 01.10.11 Alejandro Chaskielberg - High Tide

15.07.11 - 25.08.11 Patagonia

13.05.11 - 09.07.11 Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from th...

24.02.11 - 21.04.11 Sohei Nishino - The Diorama Map Series

08.12.10 - 12.02.11 Winter Contemporary

14.10.10 - 06.12.10 Robert Bergman

10.09.10 - 10.10.10 Daido Moriyama

26.07.10 - 21.08.10 Guy Bourdin

10.06.10 - 17.07.10 Alex Prager - Week End

07.05.10 - 05.06.10 Daniele Tamagni and Araminta de Clermont

24.03.10 - 01.05.10 Yoshihiko Ueda - QUINAULT

14.01.10 - 20.02.10 Kishin Shinoyama- NUDE

25.11.09 - 09.01.10 C O L O U R - Group Show

22.10.09 - 21.11.09 Ellen von Unwerth- Fräulein

10.09.09 - 17.10.09 Starting with a Photograph

27.07.09 - 05.09.09 Revive - Group Show

04.06.09 - 25.07.09 Ofer Wolberger (Life with) Maggie

21.04.09 - 30.05.09 Boris Savelev- 31 Years

11.03.09 - 20.04.09 Miyako Ishiuchi Mother's

05.02.09 - 10.03.09 Scarlett Hooft Graafland-You Winter, ...

13.01.09 - 31.01.09 John Davies Rachel Whiteread HOUSE

20.11.08 - 10.01.09 Nobuyoshi Araki- Hana Kinbaku

09.10.08 - 17.11.08 Simon Norfolk - Full Spectrum Dominance

30.08.08 - 04.10.08 Tiina Itkonen - Ultima Thule

25.06.08 - 27.08.08 Polly Borland - Bunny

25.04.08 - 16.06.08 Alex Prager - The Big Valley

07.03.08 - 12.04.08 Tod Papageorge - Passing through Eden

28.11.07 - 11.01.08 Jeff Bark

04.10.07 - 26.11.07 Eyes Of An Island - Japanese Photogra...

06.08.07 - 31.08.07 Group Show I

21.06.07 - 21.07.07 Valerie Belin

20.04.07 - 01.06.07 Scarlett Hooft Graafland

22.02.07 - 07.04.07 John Davies - The British Landscape

26.11.06 - 03.01.07 Jeff Bark - Abandon

01.10.06 - 28.10.06 Eleven Contemporaries

01.07.06 - 15.08.06 Valérie Belin - Pallette & Chips

07.10.05 - 26.10.05 ARAKI

08.06.05 - 20.08.05 Dodo Jin Ming - Free Element / Behind...

04.02.05 - 24.03.05 Tina Itkonen - Inughuit

24.06.04 - 30.08.04 Desiree Dolron - Xteriors

26.11.03 - 03.01.04 Laura Letinsky

24.09.03 - 22.11.03 Desiree Dolron - "Te dí todos mis su...


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Tod Papageorge - Passing through Eden

07.03.08 - 12.04.08

Central Park, New York, 1991
© Tod Papageorge courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery New York

Silver Gelatin Print

51x61cm

We are delighted to announce the first UK solo exhibition of work by Tod Papageorge. Taken between 1969 and 1991, these black and white photographs capture the primeval character of Central Park, the human tragedy and comedy in this particular vision of Eden.

During the 1970s, when Papageorge began to work on this series, Central Park was portrayed as a dangerous place not to be visited after dark. These photographs depict a different view showing innocence, beauty, ugliness, isolation, chaos and humour - the whole scope of human life on view within the park. Papageorge parallels this series with the first four books of Genesis, pulling the disparate images together by presenting the park as a public Eden, his elegy to a lost Elysium. This projected narrative lends the photographs structure and gravity: the audience can recognise Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel in various guises acting out their elemental roles in our commonplace world.


Initially, Papageorge’s project was driven less by a fascination with Central Park than by the desire to utilise a particular camera (a 6 x 9 cm Fujica) that was too cumbersome for the city’s streets. He found within the park an intense and palpable realm of bodies, action and objects. Daily photographic excursions alongside Garry Winogrand and Joel Meyerowitz on the streets of New York had honed his abilities to both anticipate and capture great photographic moments within the disorder of the park.

Established as an articulate and influential critic and teacher of other’s work, Papageorge’s own photographs have rarely been in the spotlight. Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Photography at Yale School Art since 1979, he has taught many of the strongest American photographers of the past three decades, including Abelardo Morell, Gregory Crewdson, Anna Gaskell and Katy Grannan. This re-examination of Papageorge’s photography has been prompted by the recent reconsideration of work by his peers -- Winogrand by the ICP, Friedlander by the MOMA and Stephen Shore by the ICP. Earlier this year Papageorge exhibited in New York for the first time in 25 years and Steidl published the first monograph of his work, Passing through Eden, Photographs of Central Park.

Papageorge’s work can be found in museums both in the United States and Europe including The Art Institute of Chicago; The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; The Canadian Center of Architecture, Montreal; The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; The George Eastman House, Rochester; The Kunsthaus, Zurich; The Moderna Museet, Stockholm; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Aperture have recently published, American Sports, a body of work made during Papageorge’s travels across the country on a Guggenheim Grant documenting major national sporting events during the height of the Vietnam War.

To coincide with this exhibition at Michael Hoppen Contemporary, Papageorge will give a talk, The Making of a Photographer, at the V&A on Friday 7th March as part of their Friday evening events. For further details please visit www.vam.ac.uk/fridayevenings

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