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    ENDURANCE AND THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE

    08 Dec 2020 – 31 Jan 2021

    The Antarctic Photographs of Frank Hurley, Herbert Ponting and Captain Scott The exhibition Endurance and the Great White Silence at Atlas Gallery brings together the most famous and most influential photographs of Antarctica ever taken in superb new platinum-palladium prints. It is the first time these images by three legendary Antarctic names – Scott, Ponting and Hurley – have been exhibited together. At the beginning of the 20th Century a number of expeditions were launched to conquer the South Pole. The most tragic was the Terra Nova expedition led by Captain Scott, accompanied by the photographer Herbert Ponting. During the winter of 1911, Ponting took many photographs of Scott and the other members of the expedition in the Antarctic winter hut at Cape Evans on Ross Island, producing images that speak to us both within and beyond their historical context. At the start of 1911 Captain Scott set out to reach the Pole with a smaller team, famously perishing on their return journey. A set of negatives of mesmerising images of the polar trek were found with Scott's dead body and have been grouped in a breathtaking limited edition platinum book. A few years later Captain Ernest Shackleton set out for the South accompanied by photographer Frank Hurley. When their ship, the Endurance, sank in the Weddell Sea after being trapped and crushed by sea ice, his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917 turned into one of the greatest survival stories of all time. Documented by the Australian photographer Frank Hurley, it has gone on to inspire historians and the general public for over a century. The approximately two hundred glass plate and celluloid negatives brought back by Hurley from the expedition constitute one of the greatest treasures in the history of human exploration. The platinum-palladium process is the most stable and aesthetically rewarding of all black and white photographic printing techniques. Produced by coating specially manufactured paper with a light-sensitive emulsion containing platinum and palladium salts, these prints exhibit an expanded tonal range, three-dimensionality, and a uniquely luminous quality. Their permanence makes them the medium of choice for securing photographic archives and legacies far beyond the life of the original negatives.

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    Tim Taylor - Kosmos

    29 Oct 2020 – 31 Mar 2021

    Kosmos – ‘In Search of The Sublime’. For Tim Taylor, photographs are an attempt to illuminate the beauty and fragility of our planet, our interconnectedness with nature and each other. It’s a reduction of the human to the elemental. An attempt to convey the fragile, fleeting beauty of our presence here when confronted with the enormity of nature. But at the same time the almost infinite potential of the humanity when we chose to work together, push our boundaries and follow that innate human desire to explore. The pursuit of adventure is not and end in and of itself. The mountains are the canvas on which I project my thoughts and beliefs about the world, I’m interested in the narratives that lie beyond the surface aesthetic. As a photographer, and a human being, Taylor is interested in the transformative power of these landscapes that allow us to see ourselves in a different perspective and call into question our modern relationship to nature. - Each limited print is made to order in the artist’s studio and is signed, numbered and dated by the artist and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. All prints are made using pigment inks on heavy weight, pure cotton rag paper. Each work comes housed in a custom-made frame, hand crafted to museum standards by artisans in London, England.

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    FRANCO FONTANA: LANGUAGE OF COLOUR

    16 Jun 2021 – 04 Sep 2021

    Atlas Gallery presents Language of Colour, the first UK exhibition in 17 years of work by Franco Fontana (b.1933), the pioneering Italian colour photographer renowned for his intense and abstracted ‘scapes’: landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and bodyscapes. The gallery is showing selected large works from across Fontana’s career, as well as a collection of more than 170 unique Polaroids. The exhibition opens on 16 June 2021 (until 4 September). Fontana’s true subject is colour and how it can express something beyond visual reality, even when the literal subjects of the artist’s photographs are fields, buildings or city pavements. His images are flooded with a shimmering brilliance that shifts meaning to another register, at once abstract and poetic. Here are landscapes in sweeping curves or made up of stripes, as if passing at speed: Fontana’s eye is always travelling. When it does settle, both land- and cityscapes appear as composed from vivid building blocks whose colours collide and sizzle on the image surface. The earliest image on show here was made in 1968, an early Asfalto image, his series of pavement markings that are Fontana’s anonymous souvenirs of life on the move. The most recent is of Havana, made in 2017. In between, there are Autostrada images, Moroccan streets, American architecture and Spanish seascapes… but always Fontana’s eye returns home to the ancient curves and deep colours of the Italian countryside. Like many artists, Fontana used the Polaroid camera to make images that are spontaneous, intimate and experimental. In a pre-digital world, each sheet of Polaroid film contained a pocket of chemicals that processed the exposure to produce a unique photographic artefact. The 173 signed and dated Polaroids (made between 1980 and 2001) in this exhibition embody moments when the artist was caught by a particular interplay of shape and colour: nudes entwined in lengths of red fabric in sparkling turquoise swimming pools and on dry land, architectural details and street scenes are all relocated to the Polaroid’s distinctive frame. Franco Fontana was born in 1933 in Modena, Italy. Fontana has worked in colour from the early 1960s, at the time a radical shift away from the established norms of black and white fine art photography. His work has won many awards, including when in 1992 Tokyo Metropolitan Museum named him as one of 23 photographers who had “created a new age”.

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    BRYAN ADAMS: HOMELESS

    29 Apr 2021 – 01 Jul 2021

    Atlas Gallery are thrilled to announce the opening of our first solo exhibition of work by renowned Canadian photographer and musician Bryan Adams, opening on Thursday 29 of April 2021. The exhibition tells a tale of tenacity in spite of – indeed, often as a result of – adversity. They capture vendors of The Big Issue magazine who sleep rough on the streets of London. With candour and poignancy, a precious soul is revealed in each portrait, highlighting their plight and creating encounters with the potency to break down barriers caused by misconceptions and prejudice. Whatever the life story of the subject, and however assured or vulnerable their expression and pose – each of Bryan Adams’ portraits conveys a gravity and depth, rich in humanity and always filled with dignity. Just like the man behind the photographs and all that he has dedicated his life to, the images are a stark appeal for greater compassion and more heartfelt care for the world we live in. Bryan donates to charity all proceeds from his photography sales.

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    Bastiaan Woudt, Hidden

    24 Jun 2020 – 05 Sep 2020

    Hidden is the first UK exhibition of the Dutch photographer Bastiaan Woudt (b.1987). Showing at Atlas Gallery these images are a bravura demonstration of his signature style, which has already gained him an international reputation. Woudt’s black and white photographs wear their perfection lightly. Within each image, contrasting elements of shape, texture and tone coalesce into sculptural forms in a finely balanced, fluid geometry. A hat is placed on the top of a head, as if about to take off; women with great circles of hats and draped in fabric often reveal only a partial profile or a hand reaching for something unseen, simultaneously concealing and revealing; in other images, bodies that are rendered still by the camera pulse with potential movement. Woudt has had numerous solo exhibitions at galleries in the Netherlands, Ch ina and the USA. His work is represented in private collections worldwide and has been included in museum exhibitions at the Louvre in Paris, the Hilversum Museum in Holland, and the Museum Singer in Laren. He has also been the subject of books, the first of which Mukono features his work in Uganda in collaboration with the drinking water charity Marie Stella Maris.

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    Andres Gefeller - Mapping Perception

    01 Oct 2020 – 05 Dec 2020

    latest works

    • Fontana

      Show title
      25 x 550 cm (h x w)
    • Franco Fontana

      Rabat, 1981
      200 x 136 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 25400
    • Franco Fontana

      Texas, 1979
      70 x 100 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 8000
    • Franco Fontana

      Monte Sant’Angelo, 1995
      75 x 109 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 25100
    • Franco Fontana

      Asfalto, 1968
      75 x 109 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 12800
    • Franco Fontana

      Mediterraneo, 1985
      40 x 60 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 6500
    • Franco Fontana

      Spagna, 1985
      136 x 200 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 25400
    • Franco Fontana

      Havana, 2017
      136 x 200 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 25400
    • Franco Fontana

      LA, Mondrian, 1991
      46 x 66 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 6100
    • Franco Fontana

      Riccione, 1971
      136 x 200 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 25400
    • Franco Fontana

      Paesaggio Immaginario , c. 1990s
      66 x 46 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 5200
    • Franco Fontana

      Baia delle Zagare, 1970
      50 x 35 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 3500
    • Franco Fontana

      Londra, Asfalto, 1995
      40 x 60 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 5200
    • Franco Fontana

      Puglia, 1987
      40 x 60 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 5600
    • Franco Fontana

      Los Angeles, 1990
      200 x 136 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 25400
    • Franco Fontana

      LA, Venice, 1990
      60 x 40 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 5600
    • Franco Fontana

      Basilicata, 1986
      70 x 100 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 8500
    • Franco Fontana

      Landscape, 1978
      51 x 36 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 2900
    • Franco Fontana

      Landscape, 1978
      51 x 36 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 3800
    • Franco Fontana

      Paris, 1979
      136 x 200 cm (h x w)
      archival pigment print
      GBP 14900
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