The Photographers' Gallery was founded in London in 1971, as the first public gallery in the UK devoted solely to photography.Over the years, it has introduced such international figures as Juergen Teller, Robert Capa, Sebastião Salgado, Andreas Gursky and Taryn Simon to British audiences, while championing the work of UK based talent including Martin Parr, Zineb Sedira, Nick Knight, Corinne Day and Nick Waplington.It is also home to the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, established in 1996 to identify and reward photographic talent and innovation.HistoryFounder/director Sue Davies, OBE established the original home of the Photographers' Gallery in a converted Lyon’s Tea Bar at No. 8 Great Newport Street in London’s Covent Garden.Free to the public, it offered a dedicated space for photography and photographers – the first of its kind in the UK – and brought the medium into sharp focus as an urgent and serious art form.The inaugural exhibition on 14 January 1971 was The Concerned Photographer, an exhibition first shown in New York and curated by leading photojournalist Cornell Capa. Featuring work that demonstrated an impulse not to just record the world, but to inform and transform it, this landmark exhibition established The Photographers’ Gallery as a significant new voice in the cultural landscape and a unique resource for anyone interested in the visual arts.
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