Take a sneak peek at five boundary breaking photographers at store x Shade of Pale
From John Pawson to Tom Munro.
[G]et ready for one of this year’s biggest photography exhibitions yet, the store x presents A Shade of Pale featuring 470 photographs. Taken from the archive of 10 artists – Luca Anzalone, Lorena Lohr, Tom Munro, John Pawson, Federico Pestilli, Marina Shacola, Ellie Tsatsou, Bindi Vora, Marco Walker and Water & Zoniel – it’s a 2 floor exhibition at 180 Strand. Explaining that “this is not a group show”, curator Carrie Scott described how “the works in the exhibition…consciously bear no relation to one another”. Instead, the space has brought together “totally disparate works that can co-exist in the same space but can also be simultaneously independent”.
Inspired by Proccol Harum’s notorious 1967 single, the exhibition takes you on a journey that we embark on when looking at art and photography. The curator explains that “each artist was therefore selected precisely because of the way his or her series draw the viewer into a unique world, building narrative slowly, over time, across multiple images”. From established artists like John Pawson to innovators like Tom Munro, the exhibition is a trip through the diversity of the world of photography. As Carrie Scott concludes, “the joy in seeing them together is discovering a rhythm to each series that reverberates against the next…A grouping of groups, a gathering of creative visions, an assemblage of aesthetics”. Take a sneak peak into half of the artists on show below to get a taste of the trip…
Canadian-British photographer Lorena Lohr is self-taught and self-published: with four sucessful photo books and a regular photo-zine, her work is entrancingly colourful and thoughtful. Having provided images for the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales, Lohr certainly isn’t slowing down anything soon…
Tom Munro’s name is synonymous with iconic fashion photography; having shot for Vogue Italia to Saint Laurent, Tom Ford to Madonna, his work is as renowned as it is passionate. At A Shade of Pale however, his images have never been seen before, and is made up of an intimate new aesthetic. Influenced by the Japanese street photography tradition like Daido Moriyama and Araki, this is exciting new terrain for Munro, and must not be missed.
Greek-born and London-based, Ellie Tsatsou is a photographer and interdisciplinary artist whose work travels across mediums and spaces: exploring “wonder, notion of home & intuition through the use of digital & analogue photography, film, editing & writing”. Drawing influence from her homeland’s minimalistic philosophy and the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi, her photography is immersive and captivity, and the Moon Series is no exception.
Walter & Zoniel
Walter & Zoniel’s latest duo project celebrates the variety of their skill: from installation to photographic art, sculpture, film and performance. Their latest examines The Weight of Existence, as they photographed still life shots of a woman’s belongings. They then cumulatively weighed her possessions, and transformed that weight into a pile of paper, 678,735 sheets of paper to be exact. A mesmerising look into the journey of life, this is some of their most touching work yet.
Renowned British designer John Pawson, the interior creator of the Design Museum, captures his unique vision in the series on show at A Shade of Pale. Entitled Spectrum, all 320 images from the series will be on view for the first time here, having been published in Phaidon’s book last year. The photography celebrates colour and takes you on a journey all over the globe, rather contrasting to his toned back minimalist designs. Telling a story of his relationship with colour and his perception of the world, this is a rare opportunity to peak into Pawson’s world.
A Shade of Pale opens on May 15th and will run through to June 3rd 2018 at the store x 180 Strand, for more information click here.