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
Book, frame and print sale3 Jubilee Place 8th May 2021
Please join us at the gallery to see a diverse and exciting selection of books, frames and photographs, carefully chosen from the gallery’s archive for our special sale.
This intriguing selection includes 19th and 20th century photographs of all types including albumen prints, carbon prints and gelatin silver prints. The subject matter is equally wide-ranging from portraits (including some famous faces), nudes, landscapes, botanical prints, still-lifes, urban nights to daytime street scenes, architectural monuments to vernacular scenes and even the odd topographical work. Unusual work from well-established photographers such as Flip Schulke, Bert Glinn, Richard Dunkley and Edward Quinn along with some true gems from more obscure and unknown photographers. There is something for everyone.
We will also have a great selection of frames available for purchase in many shapes and sizes as well as heavily discounted photography books for sale.
Please drop by for a browse, we vey much look forward to seeing you. Everything must go!
Saturday 8th May, 2021
3 Jubilee Place • London • SW3 3TD
New book about Harold Edgerton'Seeing the Unseen' published by Steidl with MIT Museum Jan 12, 2021
Seeing the Unseen contains iconic photos from the beloved milk drops and bullets slicing through fruit and cards, to less well known but equally compelling images of sea creatures and sports figures in action. Paired with excerpts from Edgerton’s laboratory notebooks, the book reveals the full range of his technical virtuosity and his enthusiasm for the natural and human-built worlds. Essays by Edgerton students and collaborators J. Kim Vandiver and Gus Kayafas explore his approach to photography, engineering and education, while MIT Museum curators Gary Van Zante and Deborah Douglas examine his significance to the history of photography, technology and modern culture.
This book was longlisted for the Kraszna-Krausz Photography and Moving Image Book Awards 2020
P.H. Emerson (1856–1936)Gallery Exhbition - and Online Dec 3, 2020Michael Hoppen Gallery is delighted to announce our first exhibition of work by English photography pioneer
This display of original photogravures and vintage platinum prints has been organised in conjunction with renowned 19th century photography specialist Robert Hershkowitz.
We are exhibiting original photogravures from Emerson’s most famous series Marsh Leaves (1895), in addition to a selection of platinum prints from his first album Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads (1886).
P.H. Emerson is now open at Michael Hoppen Gallery and will run until Jaunuary 31st, 2021.