Gallery Newsletter

  • The Eye Viewing Room

    May 12, 2020

    Michael Hoppen Gallery presents master works by

    Bill Brandt, Dora Maar and Shōmei Tōmatsu in

    The Eye Viewing Room


    The Eye Viewing Room precedes the fair, Eye of the Collector, a creatively driven selling exhibition, with work from that will take guests on an intimate journey from ancient to contemporary. Set in Two Temple Place, the former estate office and private apartment of William Waldorf Astor, guests will discover works of art and design across various disciplines, presented, with the assistance of a prestigious curatorial committee, to encourage new narratives and ways of looking.


    The viewing room coincides with the previously planned date of the inaugural edition of the fair which is now scheduled to take place from 8-11 September.

    Now launched, the works for sale in the Eye Viewing Room are being presented in two distinct settings. In the Galleries Section each exhibitor has their own dedicated viewing room in which they are showcasing three carefully selected works. Works can also be viewed set against the virtual backdrop of Two Temple Place, in a format that juxtaposes contemporary, modern and ancient works to suggest new collecting pathways and dialogues.


    Michael Hoppen Gallery is presenting rare master works by Bill Brandt, Dora Maar and Shōmei Tōmatsu.





    Shomei Tomatsu

    Nagoya Smoking Prostitute, 1958
    signed and dated in pencil on the verso
    Silver gelatin print, printed 2003
    25 x 35.5 cms
  • Paris Photo New York 2020

    Michael Hoppen's Highlights May 1, 2020

    Dear Friends,


    This week we present you with our fourth Viewing Room, to close the month of April and round up our Paris Photo New York offering.


    I hope you enjoy my personal selection of highlights, which include individual works that resonate with me by Japanese photographers Katsuji Fukuda, Sohei Nishino and Iwao Yamawaki.


    Also featured are pieces by Eamonn Doyle and Tim Walker as we take you through the story of each work and the artists' influences; from material as diverse as the maps traditionally used by pilgrims to navigate holy sites to 19th century concave mirrors.


    As always I look forward to receiving your comments, queries and questions.


    Best wishes,

    Michael Hoppen


    Enter Viewing Room

    Paris Photo New York | Michael's highlights

  • Recollections of time spent with Ishiuchi Miyako

    Artist Feature Apr 17, 2020
    "I sometimes need to remind myself that new and interesting things can be illuminated quite by chance, and when one is least expecting it. Sometimes an image presents itself - either pointed out, discovered at random whilst browsing a bookshop, or in casual conversation with friends - and one’s interest is sufficiently piqued to delve deeper and find out more. This is particularly true of my introduction to Ishiuchi Miyako" - Michael Hoppen 
  • Hiroshi Hamaya | A Studio Visit

    Apr 8, 2020

    Dear Friends, 

    Visiting a photographer's ‘inner-temple’, better known as their darkroom or archive, has always been a privilege. If one is fortunate enough to be invited in, one gains insight into the mind of the photographer – the outtakes, working contact sheets, good prints against less good prints, and the stories! All the ephemera that surrounds this profession has always been a passion of mine, and sharing this experience with you has brought back many fond and also exciting memories of my first visit to Hiroshi Hamaya’s home and archive in Japan."


    Welcome to our second Viewing Room where you can discover and enjoy a selection of the works that we had gathered for the postponed edition of Paris Photo New York. Our presentation was focused on a group of rare and important vintage Japanese prints, including Hiroshi Hamaya, as well as new work by gallery artists. 

    On the VIEWING ROOM link below, you can find links to both our entire booth selection and the second instalment of our series which explores the world of photography from a more personal perspective. This week I have focussed on my visit to the Hiroshi Hamaya Archive. 

    I do hope that you enjoy this second iteration of the Michael Hoppen Gallery Viewing Room. I would be delighted to hear your feedback so that we can refine this series and make it even better! 

    We very much look forward to hearing from you, 
    Michael Hoppen

  • Paris Photo New York 2020

    Online Viewing Room Apr 1, 2020

    Dear Friends,

    I want to welcome you to our first Viewing Room. The past year I have been championing the haptic - or physical - experience and encouraging people to go and see photographs, and where possible, to hold them, look at them closely and examine their surfaces and tonality. In so doing we appreciate their physical properties, which is so different for every photograph.


    However, this new world we currently find ourselves in has made the haptic experience almost impossible. And so, since lock-down the gallery has been working remotely to produce a new, and we hope, exciting experience for you that contains many new facets that you can explore.


    We have photographed the pieces, sometimes in raking light, so as to offer something other than a scan, we have created short videos of some pieces, written personal responses about particular works and artists and unearthed material from our research files. In the coming weeks we will share additional content from our archives, whilst offering further personal insights and material that we hope offers something authentic and insightful about what excites us now and what has sustained our passion for over 30 years.


    I do hope that you enjoy our first iteration of the Michael Hoppen Gallery Viewing Room. Please send us feedback as we can only make it better and better if we know what you want to see.


    I very much look forward to hearing from you.


    Michael Hoppen


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