Last night saw the first of two private views of some of the Currell Collection’s photographic works. The Currell Collection is the personal art collection of Currell’s founders, Anne and Chris Currell.

The doors of our Islington office on Upper Street opened last night for a showcase of some excellent photography. Jack Latham, who had works on display from both of his photobooks, Sugar Paper Theories and A Pink Flamingo, gave a truly gripping talk about the inspiration behind his latest collection.

Jack Latham’s Sugar Paper Theories won the Bar Tur Photobook Award in 2016 and was co-published by The Photographers’ Gallery and Here Press. It is a mixture of original photographs and archival photography/other documentary materials that explores the fundamental nature of photography. It questions photography’s defining principles of truth and objectivity in light of the Gudmundur and Geirfinnur case, one of Iceland’s most prolific and controversial murder cases. Find out more about the collection (and the case) here.

David Gwinnutt, senior valuer for Currell Residential, also had some work on display – three portraits from his 1980s archives. David is renowned for documenting the rising stars of London’s queer scene in the 80s, and was voted 16th on the Independent’s Pink List of the top 100 most influential gay people in Britain today after he created the Pink Jack – a symbol of modern Britain and gay pride.

Brett Rogers OBE, the Director of The Photographers’ Gallery since 2005, also gave a talk about the institution. The Photographers’ Gallery is widely recognised as being instrumental in establishing photography as a leading art form in the UK.

To see more work in the Currell Collection, take a look at the website here, or pop into our Islington office to see the photographic works.

Tessa Shaw, journalist, TV presenter, author and now artist is putting her photographic work on display in a new exhibition entitled ‘Living Structures’, in our office on the Kingsland Road.

Tessa’s experience in interior design and fashion journalism, as well as her study of photography at St Martin’s, has given her a keen creative eye.

Nature is at the heart of Tessa’s photographic work, using natural materials like petals and leaves to create cyanotypes . A cyanotype is an old fashioned form of photography where the subject of the photograph is laid on top of chemicals before it is exposed to light.

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Depending on the length of exposure and the strength of the light, the effect created will be different every time, except for one factor; they will always be a shade of blue. The resulting images are both arresting and ethereal.

To see Tessa’s work on display please pop in to our office at 311-313 Kingsland Road from Wednesday 12th November.