The Tate are to acquire a major photographic collection depicting images of London, which will go on display in a dedicated exhibition, entitled ‘Another London’, at Tate Britain at the end of July.
Eric and Louise Franck, who have made the
donation, are specialist dealers in photography and Contemporary
art. They assembled the collection over 20 years, buying iconic
works by the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and
The gift covers two thirds of the
collection, with the Tate paying for
Valued at over £1m, it comprises in the
region of 1400 photographs by 120 photographers and spans the
period from the 1880s to the 2000s.
The collection is unified by its subject
matter: the photographs document the lives and communities of a
single city. It also traces developments in the photographic
Highlights include Cartier-Bresson's
Waiting in Trafalgar Square for the Coronation Parade of King
George VI 1937, Bruce Davidson's Girl with Kitten
1962, Elliot Erwitt's Bus Stop, London 1962, Frank's
London (Child Running from Hearse) 1951 and Penn's
Charwomen, London 1950.
The majority of works in the collection are
from the 20th century and involve some of the century's finest
photographers, such as those already mentioned along with Ellen
Auerbach, Eve Arnold, Ian Berry, Dorothy Bohm, Bill Brandt, Horacio
Coppola, Martine Franck, Stephen Gill, Karen Knorr, Marketa
Luskacova and Roger Mayne.
The donation more than doubles the Tate's
holdings of photography. It follows recent gifts of a group of
photographs by Don McCullin and a major vintage print of London by
Cartier-Bresson as well as contemporary film works by Tacita Dean
and Jaki Irvine.
Another London opens at Tate Britain on July