Spring Newsletter 2022Early Spring at Michael Hoppen Gallery Feb 8, 2022
2022 has begun with more freedom than we have been used to for some time; we have been delighted to welcome our friends, artists and clients again to our new space and have so enjoyed gearing up for what promises to be a very busy year.
Our first small exhibition will open in late February, showing the wonderful Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, who is also currently hanging on the illustrious walls of Tate Britain as part of their After Industry: Communities in Northern England 1960s-1980s exhibition.
We are also participating in AIPAD in New York this year, which will launch in a new location later in May and it goes without saying that we are keen as mustard to return to the great city! It's been some three years since the fair took place and I know our AIPAD colleagues will be making a huge effort to put on a show to remember.
- Michael Hoppen
London, February 2022
Manuel Franquelo | Actual Size!'Photography at Life Scale' at the International Center of Photography Jan 28, 2022
How big can a photograph be? From postcards to giant billboards, they are almost any dimension, but what happens when they are the very same scale as their subject matter? A photo of a bus the size of a bus? An actual-size image of Muhammad Ali’s fist? Actual Size! Photography at Life Scale is a playful yet philosophical exhibition that offers viewers a diverse group of images that all share the same dimension as life itself. Conceived especially for ICP’s unique double-height gallery, it is a rethinking of the fundamental qualities of this perplexing and elastic medium.
Actual Size! Photography at Life Scale
28 Jan - 2 May 2022
Paris Photo 2021Michael Hoppen's Highlights Nov 5, 2021
We are absolutely delighted to be returning to Paris Photo 2021 after our forced absence from art fairs – but especially Paris Photo which we have participated in for the past twenty-four editions. The fair means a lot to all of us in the photography community, so it is with great pleasure we return with what we hope will be a memorable event. Coming together under the banner of Paris Photo is a great opportunity for us to present photographs which we feel will enliven and entertain but also to inform and advance the tradition of this fascinating medium forward.
Our stand this year will represent some old and some new; much of it will be seen for the very first time.
Whilst artists such as Araki and Tim Walker will need no introduction, others who will accompany us such as Tetsuya Ichimura, Sian Davey, Eamonn Doyle and Akira Sato will show works that are less well known and, in some cases, their first outing publicly. This always energises us as we are so excited to see your reactions to new, rare and unseen works.
Our passion for Japanese photography will be very well represented by many of the greats and some unknown from Masatoshi Naito, Daido Moriyama, Miyako Ishiuchi, Akira Sato and Eikoh Hosoe, all of whom take great pride in their darkroom skills which will be plainly evident from their peerless prints.
Colin Jones ObituaryThe Guardian Oct 4, 2021Royal Ballet dancer who became a celebrated photojournalist of social history in Britain and beyondOne line that always produced a laugh from audiences watching the film Billy Elliot was: “What’s best, to be a ballet dancer or to be a miner?” The photographer Colin Jones, who has died aged 85 from Covid-19, would not have thought this such a funny question. He had worked in one of those worlds as a dancer touring with the Royal Ballet and had documented the other with superb photographs, published in the Observer and the Independent magazines and in a book entitled Grafters (2002). He also did important work for the Sunday Times, in particular The Black House project in the 1970s, leading one critic there to describe him as the George Orwell of British photojournalism.
We have moved!The gallery moves from Jubilee place Summer 2021
When I moved into Jubilee Place in 1983 I used this picture by Zoltan Glass from 1931 to announce our arrival. It was a picture given to me by Jan Whitecross, the previous occupier, who had run photographic studios from the site for over 25 years. Jan had been given the picture in the 1950’s by the artist himself, who had his studio here after the war, so a photographic legacy has dominated 3 Jubilee Place since 1946.
Next month, after 37 years, we move out of Jubilee Place and I am still in love with the same picture – so here it is again! It’s comforting to know that whilst many things change others remain consistent.
We have been on an incredible journey during our time as residents of Jubilee Place, working with many staggeringly talented artists as well as many wonderful staff members, all of whom have contributed to the gallery's success over the years and who I will always be indebted to.
Despite the move and the changes, we continue to be passionate about the photograph and all that concerns this extraordinary art form. At the same time the art world continues to change and our clients needs evolve; our long history has taught us that it is time to respond to these shifting trends in how we look at, experience and engage with art and photography. We have for some time been sharing more online, the pandemic has sped this process up and we hope we have found new and inventive ways to make sure that what we have found exciting is visible to many more people than a physical space could ever achieve.
The transfer to new pastures has been on the cards for some time – and the huge move under Covid has not been without its challenges. So when it happens we would like to have celebrated properly; but sadly due to the current circumstances we are unable to invite you to join us for the big party we wanted to throw to commemorate and celebrate our many happy years here.
But it is without hesitation, that I look forward to inviting you to visit our new space which will be more intimate in scale and a place where you can view and handle work, engage with our team of experts, meet our artists and browse our archive and library. Although we will not occupy quite as much space as we have in the past, our appetite for big projects and interesting photographs is by no way diminished. Watch this space, and your inbox, for an invitation to our new opening events.
Until we reopen, we will be available online and on the phone and also at our new temporary archive space in Notting Hill, where we will continue to offer you great photography that we love and want you to be part of.
We look forward to seeing you.
My very best wishes,
- Michael Hoppen
Please check our website for updates and opening times: www.michaelhoppengallery.com
Our phone numbers and emails will remain the same but as of the 10th June you will find us at:
PL10, Pall Mall Deposit
124-128 Barlby Road