The Photographers' Gallery

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The Photographers' Gallery
The Photographers' Gallery, London.jpg
Established 1971; 47 years ago (1971)
Location Ramillies Street
London, W1
United Kingdom
Director Brett Rogers
Public transit access London Underground Oxford Circus

The Photographers' Gallery was founded in London in 1971, as the first public gallery in the UK devoted solely to photography.[1]

Over the years, it has introduced such international figures as Juergen Teller, Robert Capa, Sebastião Salgado, Andreas Gursky and Taryn Simon to British audiences, while championing the work of UK based talent including Martin Parr, Zineb Sedira, Nick Knight, Corinne Day and Nick Waplington.

It is also home to the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize,[2] established in 1996 to identify and reward photographic talent and innovation.


Founder/director Sue Davies, OBE established the original home of the Photographers' Gallery in a converted Lyon’s Tea Bar at No. 8 Great Newport Street in London’s Covent Garden.

Free to the public, it offered a dedicated space for photography and photographers – the first of its kind in the UK – and brought the medium into sharp focus as an urgent and serious art form.

The inaugural exhibition on 14 January 1971 was The Concerned Photographer, an exhibition first shown in New York and curated by leading photojournalist Cornell Capa. Featuring work that demonstrated an impulse not to just record the world, but to inform and transform it, this landmark exhibition established The Photographers’ Gallery as a significant new voice in the cultural landscape and a unique resource for anyone interested in the visual arts.

In 1980 the Gallery acquired a neighbouring space at No. 5 Great Newport Street, extending its exhibition spaces and providing room for a bookshop and café. It was also able to accommodate an area for Print Sales, which focused on promoting and selling the work of British and international photographers with proceeds going towards supporting the public programme.

Over the next four decades, the Gallery grew in reputation and ambition delivering an illuminating and critical acclaimed programme of exhibitions, talks and educational activities aimed to stimulate engagement with and learning through photography as well as explore its pivotal role as an artistic and cultural force.

In May 2012 after a major capital campaign and redevelopment plan, The Photographers’ Gallery opened its doors to its new and current home in a former textiles warehouse in Ramillies Street, Soho, London[3].

Specially designed by Irish architects O'Donnell and Tuomey, this building in the heart of the West End, offers three world-class exhibition spaces, a dedicated Print Sales Gallery, an education and learning studio, digital media screen, and enhanced areas for the bookshop and café.

Alongside its exhibition and events programme, the Gallery currently presents two prizes to support photographic talent and development.

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize[edit]

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize annually rewards a photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the photographic medium in Europe during the past year. The prize was set up in 1996 by The Photographers' Gallery. Between 1997 and 2004, the prize was known as the Citigroup Photography Prize.[4] Deutsche Börse has sponsored the competition since 2005, with a £30,000 prize. It has been described as "the biggest of its kind in photography in Europe" and "the most prestigious".[5] Past winners of the £30,000 award include Andreas Gursky (1998), Juergen Teller (2003) Luc Delahaye (2005), Robert Adams (2006), Walid Raad (2007), Sophie Ristelhueber (2010), artists’ duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin (2013), Richard Mosse (2014). The 2017 winner was Dana Lixenberg.

Bar-Tur Photobook Award[edit]

The Bar-Tur Photobook Award was created in 2014 in memory of British artist, Lesley-Ann Bar Tur. It supports (previously unpublished) photographers and artists in realising a photobook project through provision of a £20,000 production fee and partnership with an independent publisher. The inaugural award went to Angus Fraser who published Santa Muerte[6] with Trolley Books in 2014. In 2015, Jack Latham won for Sugar Paper Theories[7], which was published by Here Press.


Gallery publications[edit]

The Photographers' Gallery publishes books for some of its exhibitions.[8]

Loose Associations is a quarterly publication from The Photographers’ Gallery which commissions and publishes essays, images and artist projects related to but not defined by its programme.


  1. ^ In London, Photography is Still not Art, The New York Times, 1973
  2. ^ Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, The Daily Telegraph, 2008
  3. ^ "The Photographers' Gallery Re-Opens". Londonist. 2012-05-19. Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  4. ^ "About The Photography Prize". The Photographers' Gallery. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Beyfus, Drusilla (22 January 2009). "Deutsche Börse Photography Prize: Paul Graham". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "UWE Bristol: News". Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Jack Latham wins the second edition of the Bar-Tur Photobook Award – British Journal of Photography". Retrieved 2017-09-11. 
  8. ^ "Gallery Publications" The Photographers’ Gallery. Accessed 20 September 2016

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Coordinates: 51°30′53″N 0°08′20″W / 51.5148°N 0.1389°W / 51.5148; -0.1389