With London hosting the Olympic Games this summer, the Tate Britain is to host a photography exhibition focussing on the history of the UK capital.
Called Another London: International Photographers and City Life 1930 – 1980, the exhibition could be the perfect way for visitors staying at Montcalm Hotels London for the Olympics to get a better feel for the city and its past.
The show will use the works of some of the most famous internationally celebrated photographers, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Eve Arnold, as well as those from less well-known artists, to explore the distinctive ways in which they saw and represented the English capital.
More than 150 classic photographs depicting the city and its communities from the 1930s to 1980s will go on display.
“All of the photographers had different relationships to London: some came to live here, some arrived as refugees, and others passed through as tourists,” says the Tate’s press release for the exhibition.
“Their experiences of arriving in the city as foreigners informed their perspectives and shaped the photographs they took, resulting in a body of work as diverse as the city itself.”
Several themes of London life will be examined by the exhibition, such as suburban poverty which is addressed through works including Wolfgang Suschitzky’s images of working-class families in the East End from the early 1940s and Bill Brandt’s renowned photograph of a housewife in Bethnal Green from 1937.
Also displayed will be photographs of everyday London sites and culture that are often missed by visitors to the city, such as local markets like Spitalfields, Billingsgate, Petticoat Lane, parks, pubs and streets.
And, with this being the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the exhibition will also showcase photographs of previous important royal events, such as George VI’s and the Queen’s coronations, Princess Anne’s wedding in 1973 and the 1977 Silver Jubilee.
Another London: International Photographers and City Life 1930 – 1980 runs from July 27th to September 16th.,