Life Through a Lens

3rd August 2009

They say that everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame but selected Londoners are now getting a whopping 23 days of celebrity at the Getty Images Gallery. A brand new exhibition entitled, Londoners Through a Lens, opens at the Gallery on August 14th through September 5th.

Following on from last year’s critically acclaimed show, London Through a Lens, which brought us images of our city’s landmarks, this exhibition focuses on the people of London, from the film stars such as Michael Caine and Audrey Hepburn to the street vendors that make our city great.

The exhibition features a wide-ranging and multi-faceted selection of photos from the past century. All of the images were chosen from the Getty Images Hulton Archive which ranges from 1900-1990 and the stirring shots capture the spirit, personality and ever-evolving style of London’s residents over the course of 90 years. So whether you’re Roger Daltrey, Peter Sellars, Alfred Hitchcock or just plain old Thomas Sparrow, a bird taxidermist from Eltham, you might well find yourself immortalised on the gallery’s hallowed walls.

“As one of London’s leading photo galleries it is only fitting that we are hosting this show, which is a stunning sequel to ‘London Through a Lens’ and a perfect tribute to the people of London,” says Getty Images Gallery Director, Louise Garczewska.

Over the years, London has produced its fair share of heroes and villains but the exhibition is by no means a celebrity identity parade – it also captures the anonymous Londoners, the people that haven’t as yet appeared in the spotlight, but have, nonetheless, helped to shape the metropolis of today.

You’ll love the celebrated images of Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr of The Beatles performing their legendary rooftop concert of 1969 or of Sid Vicious and The Sex Pistols outside Buckingham Palace but just as stunningly executed is an image of school children queuing outside a cinema. And in the same way, a rat catcher with two ferrets appears alongside icons of the swinging sixties, Petula Clark, Vidal Sassoon and fashion designer Mary Quant. And no, that’s not an indictment on any of their hair styles!

Exhibition runs: Friday 14th August – Saturday 5th September
Gallery opening: Mon – Fri: 10.00-18.30, Sat: 12.00-18.00
Admission free

Getty Images Gallery
46 Eastcastle Street
London W1W 8DX

www.gettyimagesgallery.com

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