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22/06/2022 - 10/09/2022

Cross 20th - Photography


Richard Learoyd & Irving Penn - Flowers

Hamiltons Gallery presents Richard Learoyd & Irving Penn: Flowers. From 22nd June - 10th September 2022 this unprecedented exhibition brings together exquisite examples of still life, photographs of flowers by two masters of the subject.

Hamiltons Gallery’s association with Irving Penn and later his Foundation spanned three decades; and for the first time, the gallery unites the work of Penn who was one of the most renowned photographers of his time – alongside that of contemporary, British photographer Richard Learoyd. Together, their studies of flowers present us with an exceptional vision of forms, tones, and patterns, entwining the beauty of nature with their photographic genius.

Learoyd’s oeuvre gives a contemporary interpretation, whilst remaining deeply rooted in the past; both his black-and-white photographs and his works in colour are the result of a traditional process. He strips photography down to its essentials, following a historical photographic process invented centuries ago. His direct-positive colour prints are produced using a custom-built, in-studio camera obscura, composed of two dark chambers and a fixed lens which exposes light directly onto photo-sensitive Ilfochrome paper. Because the prints are not enlarged from negatives, the resulting images are grainless and exceptionally detailed.


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