From a Distance: an exhibition of photography by Paul Reas
Date: 12 – 25 October 2012
Venue: LCC Gallery
Exhibition open Mon – Fri 10.00 – 17.00
London College of Communication (LCC) presents an extraordinary exhibition of photographs of the Elephant and Castle. From a Distance is the result of an invitation to the acclaimed British documentary photographer Paul Reas to respond to the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle in South London. Paul was chosen for his extensive track record of personal, socially committed documentary work.
This powerful exhibition consists of very large-scale photographic prints dramatically lit within the large gallery at LCC. The images combine fraught and tense street photographs with calmer portraits, all taken within the Elephant. These contrast with two series of still life details: one of incense cans bought in the open air market and one of abandoned furniture collected by the photographer from the surrounding streets. The result is a quirky, personal, highly original and deeply involving body of work.
The exhibition forms part of The Elephant Vanishes project, a long-term documentation of the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle, directed by Patrick Sutherland, Reader in Photojournalism at LCC. The project has involved several years of MA student projects, has produced three books, has seen films broadcast by Channel Four and the Guardian and photographic works exhibited at venues including the now vanished subways of the south roundabout at the Elephant, the Cuming Museum in Southwark, The Photographers Gallery and Tate Britain.