An ambitious new photography venue called the London Museum of Photography is due to open in the UK capital close to the White Chapel Gallery. The new space in the East End will be run by the Swedish organisation Fotografiska, which founded a privately-run museum of photography on the waterfront in Stockholm in 2010.
The gallery will occupy the new White Chapel Building designed by Fletcher Priest Architects, located close to the Whitechapel Gallery. According to Derwent London, the property investment company that owns the building, “Fotografiska will occupy the whole of Phase two comprising 89,000 sq. ft on a 15-year lease”. Completion of phase two is scheduled for next year.
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.” A spokesman for Fotografiska declined to comment further on the London outpost.
See our earlier profile by Editor David Wheeler: Zora Carrier and the Art of Slowing Down Ms. Carrier, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa.