Stockholm-based Fotografiska will open its first overseas gallery in east London. It will be an ambitious new photography venue due to open in the UK capital close to the Whitechapel Gallery.
Fotografiska runs the world renowned privately-run photography museum on the waterfront in Stockholm and this is their first gallery outside Stockholm and will add another important cultural and leisure hub to the fast improving Whitechapel area.
The center for contemporary photography will take the ground floor of the new building in Whitechapel due for completion in 2018.
John Burns, Chief Executive Officer of the property investment company Derwent London, who owns the building, said: “We are very excited to welcome Fotografiska – The London Museum of Photography to The White Chapel Building. We believe their arrival will be a major benefit to the area and Fotografiska’s character endorses the Group’s focus on good design.”
The original Fotografiska was created in a restored 1906 customs building on the Stockholm waterfront, and has become an important center for exhibitions of photography, with changing shows in four large galleries.
Tommy Rönngren, chairman of the Fotografiska board, says in a statement: “Fotografiska has for a long time been searching for suitable facilities in London, one of the world’s most dynamic cities when it comes to photography. Whitechapel, which is one of London’s most dynamic areas, will be a perfect location. Derwent is a developer with great creative vision and we chose to work with them because of the combination of the building itself and the creative heritage of Derwent.”
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The Stockholm-based 5,500 sq. m Fotografiska center for contemporary photography was founded by brothers Jan and Per Broman. Exhibitions in Fotografiska have featured the work of Annie Leibowitz, Robert Mapplethorpe David LaChapelle and Guy Bourdin as well as new photographers like Nick Brandt, Helena Blomqvist, Klara Kallstrom and Johan Wik. It also houses an award-winning restaurant.
Fotografiska is no ordinary museum
Fotografiska is an international meeting place where everything revolves around photography. Located in the heart of Stockholm, the museum has an exhibition space of 2,500 square meters, and features four major exhibitions per year and approximately 15-20 minor exhibitions.
Its exhibitions are among the city’s most popular attractions. In addition to visiting the exhibitions you can listen to concerts, eat, drink, take a photography course or even arrange an event or a conference in a creative environment. Exhibitions are the foundation of Fotografiska. Its ambition is to exhibit world-renowned photographers, many who have never been shown in Sweden, as well as those who are not yet established.
Swedes to Open the London Museum of Photography, written by Tor Kjolberg