“In the years between 1930 and 1980, some of the best-known photographers from around the world came to London to make work about the city and its communities. Bringing together 180 classic twentieth-century photographs,Another London highlights the vibrancy of the city as a dynamic metropolis, richly diverse and full of contrast.
For these artists London was a foreign city, which they either visited briefly or settled in permanently, and they recorded and represented it in their own unique style and distinctive ways. Emblems of Britishness which might have been familiar to visitors such as pearly kings, red buses and bowler hats are documented alongside the urban poor surviving life in the city as pavement artists, beggars and buskers.”
I first heard of this ‘Another London‘ exhibition from one of my university friends who told me she was coming down to London to come and see it so I decided to search it online and if it seemed interesting I would go along with her. I read more into it on the Tate website and it did straight away appeal to me as I am from London and thought it would be quite interesting to go and view the world greatest photographers throughout the 20th century photographing the life in the city between 1930-1980 and how it has changed to this day.
As soon as I walked into the exhibition rooms I could already spot a theme through all the walls, they were all white with the photographs all in black frames and the caption and photographers name to the left or right of them. The way the exhibition was laid out was very neat and drew the attention of the viewer to where it should go, straight to the photographs. I really enjoyed reading the captions and quotes on some of the photographs and one that stood out to me was
“I prefer to photograph on the street. That’s where people are most themselves”.